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THE



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PENZANCE



WKirrJCN BY



W. S. GILBERT.



OOMPOSBD BT



ARTHUR S ULLIVAN



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THE



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PENZANCE

OR,

The Slave of Duty.
IN TWO ACTS.

WRITTEN BY

W. S. GILBERT.



COMPOSED BY



A RTHUR SULLIVAN.



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W. 8. GILBERT,
ARTHUR S. SULLIVAJI.



»n > » i<Bt H . M80, by J M. SPOOOASfT Si OO.



THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.



DRAMATIS PERSON>E.

&iaiAXi>, A Pirate Chief

Samukl, his Lieutenant

FttEDKRic, a Pirate Apprentice . . . . . . . .

Major-General Stanley, of the British Army . .

Edward, a Sergeant of Police . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mabel, General Stanley's Youngest Daughter

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Edith, > General Stanley s Daughters



Isabel, J

Ruth, « Piratical " Maid-of-all-work "

General Stanley's Daughters, Pirates, Po.icemen, etc



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CONTENTS.

OvER-nmi i

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I Opening Chorus of Pirates anh Solo .. .. ,. .. .. .. .. it

t Song (/?«M) ty

3 Song {Pirate King and Chorus) .. . , . . . . , . . , . . . , 19

4 Recitative and Duet (/iutA and Frederic) .. ,. .. .. ,, .. .. .. ■■

5 Chorus of Girls .. .. .. .. ,. ,. .. .. ,. ••

6 Recitative (Edith, Kate, Frederic, and Chorus) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. S5

7 Aria (Frederic and Chorus of Girls) . . . . . . . . , . . , . , . . 37

8 Air (Mabel and Chorus) .. .. . . . . . . , . . . . . . . 4'

9 (Edith, Kate, and Chorus of Girls) . . . . . . . . , . , , . . . . . . 46

10 Duet (Mabel and Frederic, and Chorus of Girls) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

11 (Frederic and Chorus of Girls and Pirates) .. .. .. ., .. .. .. .. 5*

IS Recitative (Model, Major-General, Samuel, and Chorus) .. .. .. .. .. .. SS

■3 Song (Major-General and Chorus) . . . . . • . . . . 5^

FiNAU — Am I. (Mabel, Kate, Edith, Frederic, Samuel, King, Major-Gttural, Ruth and Ch»rus) 6j

I Introductiow Solo (Mabel and Chorus) .. . . . . . . **

fl Recitative (Frederic and Major- General) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 83

3 Chorus with Solos {/or Mabel, Edith, and Sergeant) .. ,. .. .. .. .. 84

4 Recitative and Trio .. .. . • •• .. .. .. .. .. 95

5 Trio (Ruth, Frederic, and King) .. .. . .. .. .. ., .. .. 97

6 Trio (Ruth, Frederic, and King) tot

7 Recitative and Duet (Mabel and Frederic) . . .. .. .. .. .. .. ..107

8 Duet (Mabel and Frederic) .. .. ,. .. ,. .. .. ., .. 108

Recitative (Mabel, ^c. Chorus of Police) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..114

10 Song (Sergeant and Chorus) .. .. .. .. .. .• •• •• ..117

11 Solo (Sergeant and Chorus of Pirates and Polite) .. ,, .. .. .. .. ..119

la Solo (Samuel and Chorus of Pirates) .. .. .. .. •• •• .. iti

13 (Frederic, King, Major-General, Police, and Pirates) . . .. .. .. .. .. .. itf

•4 SOMG (Major-General and Choru$ ^Pirates and Poliei) .. .. .. .. .. itt



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THE T>II1^TES OI^ I>ErsrZ^IVOE

OR.

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Kino. Yes, Frederic, from to-day you rauk as a full-blown
member of our band.

All. Hurrah !

Fkederic. My friends, I thank you all, from my heart, for
your kindly wishes. Would that I could repay them as they
■•iserve!

Kino. What do you mean 7

Fbes. To-day I am out of my indentures, and to-day I leaTt
/ou for ever.

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KiWG. But this is (]ait« unaccountable. A keener hand at



scuttling a Cunarder or cutting out a White St&r never shipped
a handspike.

F^ED. Yes, I have done my best frx you. And why ? It wa«
my duty under my indentures, and I am the slave of duty. As
a child I was regularly apprenticed to your band. It was thrmigh
an error. No matter, the mistake was ours, not yours, and I Wa$
in honor bound by it

Samuel. Au error ? What error ?

Fred. 1 may not tell you. It would renec* upon my wc!l-
loved Ruth

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RcTH. (Kneeling at his feel.) Oh pardon, Frederic ! pardon !

Fred. Rise, sweet one ; I have long pardoned you.

(RuTa rises.)

Ruth. The two words were so much alike!

Frf.d. They still are, though years have rolled over llicir
lioads! (B.UTU goes up teith Samuel.) But this afternoon my
obligation ceases. Individually, I love you all with affection
unspeakable; but collectively, I look upon you with a disgust
that amounts to absolute detestation. Oh pity me, my beloved
friend.*, for such is my sense of duty that once out of my iiidcii-
turcs I shall feel myself bound to devote myself, beart and soul,
to your extermination.

All. Poor lad ! poor lad ! (All weep.)

King. Well, Frederic, if you conscientiously feel thatMt is
your duty to destroy us, we cjinnot blame you for acting on that
conviction. Always act in accordance with the dictates of your
conscience, my boy, and chance the consequences.

Samuel. Besides, we can offer you but little temptation to
remain w;th us. We don't seem to make piracy pay. I'm sure
I don't know why, but we don't.

Fred. I know why, but, alas ! I mustn't tell you : it wouldn't
be right.

KiiNO. \Vliy not, my boy? It's only half-past eleven, and
you are one of us until the clock strikes twelve.

Sa.m. True, and until then you are bound to protect our in-
Itrcsts.

All. Hear! hear!

Fred. Well, then, it is my duty as a pirate to tell you that
you are too tender-hearted. For instance, you make a point of
never attacking 3 weaker party than yourselves, and when you
ftltiwk ft stronger party you invariably get thrashed.

Kjng. There is some truth in that.



Fred. Then, again, you make a point of never molesting an
orphan.

Sam. Of couree : we are orphans ourselves, and know what
it is.

Frkd. Yes, but it has got about.and what is the consequence I>
Every one we capture says he's an orphan. The last three sliipa
we took proved to be manned entirely by orphans, and so we
had to let 'em go. One would think that Great Britain's mer-
cantile navy was recruited solely from her orphan asylums, which
we know is not the case. {Crosses A'.)

Sam. But, hang it all ! you wouldn't have us absolutely
merciless ?

Fred. There's my difficulty. Until twelve o'clock I would ;
after twelve o'clock Iwouldn't. Was ever" a man placed in so
delicate a situation?

(Ruth conies douni C.)

Ruth. And Ruth, your own Ruth, whom yon love so well
and who has won her middle-aged way into your boyish heart—
what is to become of her'

King. Oh, he will take you with him.

Fred. Well, Ruth, I feel some little difficulty about vou. Ii
is true that I admire you very much, but I have been constantly
at sea since I was eight years old, and yours is th>e only womaL ,
face I have seen during that time. I think it is a sweet face.'

Ruth. It Ls — oh, it is !

Fred. I say I think it is — that is my impression. But as I
have never had an opportunity of comparing you with othu
women, it is just possible I may be mistaken.

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plain ! ■

KiKG. Oh, Ruth is very well — very well indeed.

S*.M. Yes, tliere are ttie remains of a fine woman about Ruth.

Fk«d. Do you really think so? Then I will not be so .selfish
as to take her from you. In justice to her and in consideration
for you I will leave her behind. {Hands Ruth to King.)

King. No, Frederic, this must not be. We are rough men,
who lead a rough life, but we are not so utterly heartless as to
deprive thee of thy love. I think I am right in saying that there
is not one here who would deprive thee of this inestimable treas-
ure for all the world holds dear.

All. {Loudly.) Not one!

King. No, I thought there wasn't. Keep thy love, Frederic



— keep thy love! (Hands her back to Frederic.)

Fred. You're very good, I'm sure.

King. Well, it's the top of the tide, and we must be oti


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