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With air commanding and weapons handy

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Rake's Progress

Composer:

Igor Stravinsky

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Rake's Progress Synopsis

Libretto:

The Rake's Progress Libretto

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Choir details:

Type:

choir

Role(s):

Rakes / Prostitutes

Voice(s):

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Act:

1.12

Previous scene: Laughter and light and all charms that endear
Next scene: Come, Tom. I would fain have our hostess

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Second Scene  

(London, the Mother Goose's brothel)  

Chorus

RAKES
With air commanding and weapons handy,
we rove in a band
through the streets at night.
Our only notion, to make commotion
and find occasion to provoke a fight.

PROSTITUTES
In triumph glorious,
with trophies curious,
we return victorious
from love's campaigns.
No troops more practised
in Cupid's tactics,
by feint and ambush the day to gain.

RAKES
For what is sweeter to human nature
than to quarrel over nothing at all,
to hear the crashing
of furniture smashing
or heads being bashed
in a tavern brawl?

PROSTITUTES
With darting glances and bold advances
we open fire on young and old.
Surprised by rapture,
their hearts are captured,
and into our laps they pour their gold.

PROSTITUTES&RAKES
A toast to our commanders,
then from their irregulars.
A toast, ladies and gentlemen,
to Venus and to Mars!

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