May 13, 2005

Here's a First Rate Opportunity...

...to note that today is Sir Arthur Sullivan's birthday. In his honor (or despite), I shall quote a few of W.S. Gilbert's lyrics:

The Pirates of Penzance, on discovering the Major-General's (yes, that Major-General) daughters on the beach:

Here's a first rate opportunity to get married with impunity
To indulge in the felicity of unbounded domesticity
You shall quickly be parsonified, conjugally matrimonified
By a doctor of divinity who is located in this vicinity.

The daughters, encouraging the constables in their duty (I love to sing this, which is unfortunate for those nearby....):

Go, ye heroes, go to glory
Though you die in combat gory
You shall live in song and story
Go to immortality!

Go to death, and go to slaughter.
Die, and every Cornish daughter
With her tears your grave shall water

Go ye heroes, go and die!

(Go ye heroes, go and die, go ye heroes, go and die.)

The constables reply,

Though it's very evident (taran-tara taran-tara)
These intentions are well-meant (taran-tara)
These expressions don't appear (taran-tara taran-tara)
Calculated men to cheer (taran-tara)
Who are going to meet their fate
In a highly nervous state
(Taran-tara taran-tara taran-tara)

I could go on and on, but I think this will do for tonight.

Posted by Will Duquette at May 13, 2005 08:02 PM

Lars Walker said:

Sullivan was a Christian too. He wrote the melodies to "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and my personal favorite, "Leominster" (the tune to "Make Me a Captive, Lord").