The Mikado: Act I: Our great Mikado, virtuous man (Pish-Tush, Chorus) · Darrell Fancourt
Sullivan: Mikado (The) (D'Oyly Carte) (1950)
? 2001 Naxos
Released on: 2001-08-17
Artist: Darrell Fancourt Artist: Leonard Osborn Artist: Martyn Green Artist: Richard Watson Artist: Alan Styler Artist: Margaret Mitchell Artist: Joan Gillingham Artist: Joyce Wright Artist: Ella Hallman Choir: D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus Conductor: Isidore Godfrey Orchestra: New Promenade Orchestra Composer: Arthur Sullivan
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Our great Mikado, virtuous man, when he to rule our land began, resolved to try a plan whereby young men might best be steadied. So he decreed, in words succinct, that all who flirted, leered, or winked (unless connubially linked), should forthwith be beheaded.
And I expect you'll all agree that he was right to so decree. And I am right, and you are right, and all is right as right can be!
This stern decree, you'll understand, caused great dismay throughout the land; For young and old and shy and bold were equally affected. The youth who winked a roving eye, or breathed a nonconnubial sigh, was thereupon condemned to die--he usually objected.
And you'll allow, as I expect, that he was right to so object. And I am right, and you are right, and everything is quite correct.
And so we straight let out on bail a convict from the county jail, whose head was next, on some pretext, comdemned to be mown off, And made him headsman, for we said, "Whose next to be decapited cannot cut off another's head until he's cut his own off."
And we are right, I think you'll say, to argue in this kind of way. And I am right, and you are right, and all is right, too-loo-ral-lay!