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NEW SATIRICAL COMIC OPERA IN TWO ACTS

LIBRETTO^fj^VMUSIC BY ^

ENJAMIN E.WQOLF

PUBLISHED BY



545 WASHINGTON ST. BOSTON







PDUNCE & CD.^

Or, capital vs. labor.

Producedffor the first time on any stage by

Collier's standard Opera Conipariy,

AT THE BIJOU THEATRE, BOSTON,
Thursday Evening, April 19, 1883.

Thomas Pounce. The head of the firm of Pounce & Co., Mr. E. P. Temple

; George Spoke. Captain of the Bicycle Club . . . Mr. ^Y. H. Pessenden

]>HTT TT> TvRF ) ("...,. Mr. A. Kammerlee

I Arthur Dobbins, otherwise Lord Alfred Peerage . Mr. Harry Pepper

I Oliver Grip. A man for a' that Sig. Brocolini

Jack Spindle. A son of toil, contented . . . . Mr H. F. Fairweather

DiGGORY EUGGS. x ( MR. ANDREW MeTZGER

nmir MTTPfts / ) • Mr. John P. Savage

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: Ned Si.ugos. > ^- ■ ■ Mb. D. P. Steele

j AN"B

i William Crank. The silent partner Mr. Henry E. Dixey

i Polly Chromo Miss Gertrude Franklin

i Eleanor. ) ( Miss Janet Edmondson

1 Sylvia. V Daughters of Pounce. ] Miss Sylvia Gerrish

i MILICENT. ) ( Ml«« ^''^ ^^^^^^

I Esther. ) ( M^®^'' Hattie Delaro

1 Laura.' h Daughters of Crank. ] Miss Madelaine Dixon

i oiiviA ) ( Mis-^ ^^^'^^ ^^^^"^

I IPHIGENIA. 1 r Miss JENNIE MCNULTY

I ANTIGONE. I MISS RUTH STETSON

I Andromache. ' ^,. , ^^,^^^^^ J Miss May Steele

..,,„,., ^ Is leces ot Pounce. ^ Miss Estelle Jenness

ViEDEA. 1 I '
I JOCASTA. I I MISS FANNIE KNIGHT

i Electka. J ^ MISS Edith Abell

! Work-people, members of the Bicycle Club, etc.

I ACT L -MANSION AND GROUNDS OF POUNCE & CO.
i ACT IL - INTERIOR OF THE SILK FACTORY.

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j TIME — A PROBABLE FUTURE.

1 "O Tempoua Mutantuk."



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-^K^ OI^IQIJ^^L COMIC OPERyi.*^-



IN TWO ACTS.



^^-i^HBEIlITO AHB IIUSIO BtG^^



Author of " The Mighty Dollar," " Doctor oTAlcantaira,"
" Lawn Tennis," etc.




.PU BLISHED By ^



:-#-COLLIER & RICE-#




$f3f- Messrs. Collier 8s Rice have the exclusive control of this opera in the
United States and Canadas.



Copyright,
Bt B. E. WooLF,



ALL RIGHTS RESERVED,



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POUNCE & CO



ACT I.

Scene. A handsome garden, prettily arranged for a merry-making.
At rise of curtain, ^corkmen and work-girls in holiday
attire, discovered.

, Chorus.

There is no firm of which we know
That can compare with Pounce «fc Co.
Whene'er we will we take our ease.
And only labor when we please.

Men. We doubt if anywhere there be

Such happy sons of toil as we.



AVOMEN.


And daughters!


Men,


No offence to you ;




We meant to say, and daughters, too!


TlTTTI.


Then many blessings on the head




Of Thomas Pounce be ever shed;




And mav a due proportion go




On that of WilUam Crank, the Co.


Spindle.


We want for nothing!


TUTTI.


Very true!


Spindle.


We reign supreme!


TUTTI.


We do; we do.


Sptxdi.e.


In fact, we could, if we saw fit,




Be masters here.


TUTTI.


Xo doubt of it.



Spindle. And knowing this, I 'think we may

Without the least compunction say,

TuTTi. There is no firm of which we know

That can compare with Pounce & Co.
Whene'er we will we take our ease,
And only labor when we please.



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POUNCE & CO



Women {argumentatively). And very proper, too.

Men {frankly). We quite agree with you.

But still the facts remain; and so
We wish success to Pounce & Co. !

Ti TTi. Success to Pounce & Co.!

Enter Polly Chkomo.

Polly (gayly). So you are here I

AVoMEN {disdainfully). Decidedly!

Since nowhere else we chance to be.-

Polly {wounded and tearfully).

Please, to-day, don't snub me so!
That you dislike me well I know.

Men {sympathetically). We like you, Polly! Yes, we do!

Polly (naively). But I want them to like me, too!
I cannot gain their approbation
Because I 'm not above my station.

Women (with contemptuous indignation). Above your station?

Men (remonstrating). Polly, dear.

Don't use that sort of language here!
Oblige us! Do oblige us, pray!

Polly (piqued). Well, I have nothing more to say
Except that folks in humble places
Should not indulge in airs and graces.

Song. — Polly.

"^^ Life is ever as we make it ;

Sad or happy, as we take it.

Then enjoy it,

And employ it,
In laughing and singing,
And merrily flinging

All envy, for aye,

Far away.

We cannot change the decree of fate

By even the hardest endeavor;
So on its pleasure we all must wait,

For aid us, complaining can never.
Crows, you 're aware, gorgeous peacocks are not,
Still may a crow be content with his lot,
And have his measure
Of pleasure.
Yes ! that is so.
You well know



POUNCE & CO.



Women.
Men.



Station high or low is naught,

Merely viewed as station.
How to till it is the thought

That calls for cogitation.
Why should you scorn my ambition
To take with content my position?

No fate so perverse

That it could not be worse, —
Except — and to this you "11 agree —
'T was already as bad as it ever could be.

Life is ever as we take it, etc.

And very proper, too!

We quite agree with you !

We therefore will resume, and so

We wish success to Pounce & Co.



Omnes. Success to Pounce & Co.

Enter Grip, followed hy Ruggs, Mugos, Tuggs, and Sluggs.

Grip (recti.). What do I hear? You wish success
To those who honest toil oppress?
It makes my indignation kindle !
Where is your manhood, Mr. Spindle?

Ruggs, Muggs, Tuggs, and Sluggs.

It makes our indignation kindle,
Where is your manhood, Mr. Spindle?

Spindle. For you, and for your censorship,

I have no answer, Mr. Grip.

Omnes (except Grip and followers).

For you, and for your censorship,
We have no answer, Mr. Grip.

Grip (sardonically). Ha, ha!

Ruggs (and followers). Ha, ha!

Grip AVill no wrongs make yoi;r bosoms burn?

D' ye think you 're worms, that you spin silk?
Know that at times the worm will turn,

Polly. And so at times will milk!

Omnes (Grip and followers sardonically).

Ha, ha! Ha, ha!



POUNCE & CO.



Song. — GRir.

We are the noble sons of toil.
And from morn to eve we m


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