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No. 22: QUARTET (Nekaya, Kalyba, Lord Dramaleigh & Mr. Goldbury)
"Then I may sing and play?"

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Nekaya. Then I may sing and play?
Lord Dramaleigh. You may!
Kalyba. Then I may laugh and shout?
Mr. Goldbury. No doubt!.
Nekaya. These maxims you endorse?
Lord Dramaleigh. Of course!
Kalyba. You won't exclaim "Oh fie!"
Mr. Goldbury. Not I!
Nekaya & Kalyba. Then I may sing and play?
Then I may laugh and shout?
You won't exclaim "Oh fie!"
All. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

Mr. Goldbury.
Whatever you are, be that:
Whatever you say, be true:
Straightforwardly act —
Be honest, in fact,
Be nobody else but you.

Lord Dramaleigh.
Give every answer pat —
Your character true unfurl;
And when it is ripe,
You'll then be a type
Of a capital English girl.

All.
Oh sweet surprise, oh, dear delight,
To find it undisputed quite,
All musty, fusty rules despite
That Art is wrong and Nature right!

Emmie Owen as Nekaya, 1893
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Kalyba.
I'll row and fish,
And gallop, soon —
No longer be a prim one —
And when I wish
To hum a tune,
It needn't be a hymn one?
Nekaya.
When happy I,
With laughter glad
I'll wake the echoes fairly,
And ony sigh
When I am sad —
And that will be but rarely!

Florence Perry as Kalyba, 1893
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Mr. Goldbury & Lord Dramaleigh.
No, no! No, no!
All.

It needn't be a hymn one!

(dancing) Oh sweet surprise, oh, dear delight,
To find it undisputed quite,
All musty, fusty rules despite
That Art is wrong and Nature right!
Oh sweet surprise, oh, dear delight,
To find it undisputed quite,
All musty, fusty rules despite
That Art is wrong and Nature right!

Dance and off.

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