Artist: Hilde Gueden Artist: Blanche Thebom Artist: Eugene Conley Artist: Mack Harrell Artist: Martha Lipton Artist: Norman Scott Artist: Paul Franke Artist: Lawrence Davidson Choir: Metropolitan Opera Chorus Conductor: Igor Stravinsky Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Composer: Igor Stravinsky
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Who hears me, knows me a man with value.
(He shows an stuffed animal)
Look at this! What is it? Wit and profit! No one could fail to conquer, fail to charm, who had it by to watch. And who couldn't be a nimble planner having this before him. Bid!
(He shows an stuffed fishes)
Bid to get them!
(The crow begins the bid: Ħone, two, three, five...)
Get them, hurry! La! Come bid! Hmm! Come buy! -One Aha! The auk. Witty, lovely, wealthy. Poof! Go high! -Two La! Some more! -Three Whee! Come on! -Five Aha! The pike! -seven! seven -eleven! eleven -fourteen! fourteen -nineteen! nineteen -twenty! twenty -twenty-three! twenty-three Going at twenty-three, going, going! gone.
SELLEM (He shows a marble statue) Behold it, Roman, moral. The man who has it, has it forever, yes!
(He shows a palm)
And holy, curing the body, soul and spirit, a gift of God!
(He shows some things)
And not to mention this or the other, more and more, and, so help me, more! Then bid! Oh get them, Hurry! La! Come bid! Hmm! Come buy! -Four! Aha! The bust! Feel them, life eternal. Poof! Go high! -Six! La! Some more! -Nine! Hmm! Come on! -Ten! Aha! The palm! -Fifteen! Fifteen! -And a half! And a half! -Three quarters! Three quarters! -Sixteen! Sixteen! -Seventeen! Seventeen! Going, going, gone.
SELLEM Wonderful, yes, yes. And now, for the truly adventurous, an unknown object draws us near.
(He goes up Baba)
A cake? An organ? Golden apple tree? A block of copal? Mint of alchemy? Oracle? Pillar? Octopus? Who'll see? Be brave! Perhaps an angel will appear. La! Come bid! -Ten! Hmm! Come buy! -Twenty! -Twenty-five! Aha! The it! -Twenty-one! -Twenty-two! This may be salvation!. -Twenty-three! -Twenty-five Poof! Go high! -Twenty-six! -Twenty-seven! La! Some more! -Twenty-three! -Twenty-five! Hmm! Come on! -Twenty-six -Twenty-eight Aha! The what! -Fifty! Fifty! -Fifty-five! Fifty-five! -Sixty! sixty! -Sixty-one! sixty-one! -Sixty-two! sixty-two! Seventy! Ninety! Going at ninety! Going at a hundred! Going, going, gone!