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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

OR

THE SLAVE OF DUTY
Written by

W. S. Gilbert
Composed by

Arthur Sullivan
First produced at: The Royal Bijou Theatre, Paignton, Devon, 30 December 1879 Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York, 31 December 1879 Opéra Comique, London, 3 April 1880

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ
MAJOR-GENERAL STANLEY THE PIRATE KING SAMUEL (his Lieutenant) FREDERIC (the Pirate Apprentice) SERGEANT OF POLICE MABEL EDITH (General Stanley’s Daughters) KATE ISABEL RUTH (a Pirate Maid of all Work)

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Chorus of Pirates, Police, and General Stanley’s Daughters.

ACT I
A rocky sea-shore on the coast of Cornwall

ACT II
A ruined chapel by moonlight

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In the distance is a calm sea. But this is quite unaccountable. SAM. Yes. ALL. An error? What error? FRED. Yes. – A rocky seashore on the coast of Cornwall.no matter. and to-day I leave you for ever. What do you mean? FRED.ACT I SCENE. Here’s good luck to Frederic’s ventures! Frederic’s out of his indentures. SAM. the mistake was ours. For today our pirate ’prentice Rises from indenture freed. on which a schooner is lying at anchor. FREDERIC rises and comes forward with PIRATE KING. Would that I could repay them as they deserve! KING. pour the pirate sherry. ALL. and keen his scent is He’s a pirate now indeed! Here’s good luck to Frederic’s ventures! Frederic’s out of his indentures. To-day I am out of my indentures. As a child I was regularly apprenticed to your band. Fill. never shipped a handspike. & O. . As the curtain rises groups of pirates are discovered – some drinking. It was through an error -. and I am the slave of duty. Which we’re bent on signalizing With unusual revelry. FRED. Let the pirate bumper pass. OPENING CHORUS. And why? It was my duty under my indentures. who enters. from my heart. O pour the pirate sherry. ALL. And. Pour. KING. and I was in honour bound by it. I have done my best for you. is going from one group to another. to make us more than merry. etc. some playing cards. now he’s rising. SAM. My friends. I may not tell you. from to-day you rank as a full-blown member of our band. the Pirate Lieutenant. Pour. filling the cups from a flask. not yours. Two and twenty. I thank you all. it would reflect upon my well-loved Ruth. oh. Frederic. Hurrah! FRED. O fill the pirate glass. KING. for your kindly wishes. And alone he’s fit to fly. SAMUEL. Strong his arm. FREDERIC is seated in a despondent attitude at the back of the scene. a keener hand at scuttling a Cunarder or cutting out a P. ALL.

A nurserymaid is not afraid of what you people call work. I bound him to a pirate – you – instead of to a pilot. SONG – RUTH. and you are one of us until the clock strikes twelve. though years have rolled over their heads. I soon found out. Always act in accordance with the dictates of your conscience. Besides. Mistaking my instructions. And I did not catch the word aright. had he been bound apprentice to a pilot. dear master. we cannot blame you for acting on that conviction. a member of your shy lot. Oh! pity me. but we don’t. through being hard of hearing. I know why. on breakers always steering. and until then you are bound to protect our interests. ALL. They were.) KING. And that is how you find me now. So I made up my mind to go as a kind of piratical maid-of-all-work. Individually. Rise. but. True. for such is my sense of duty that. and so it fell to my lot To take and bind the promising boy apprentice to a pilot – A life not bad for a hardy lad. (rises) The two words were so much alike! FRED. SAM. I was. Poor lad – poor lad! (All weep. I’m sure I don’t know why. alas! I mustn’t tell you. we can offer you but little temptation to remain with us. it wouldn’t be right. I took and bound this promising boy apprentice to a pirate. We don’t seem to make piracy pay. my mind has long been gnawed by the cankering tooth of mystery. collectively. though surely not a high lot. and break it to my master. but. which within my brain did gyrate. I shall feel myself bound to devote myself heart and soul to your extermination! ALL. I was a stupid nurserymaid. FRED. RUTH. But I hadn’t the face to return to my place. SAM. Though I’m a nurse. When Frederic was a little lad he proved so brave and daring. my boy? It’s only half-past eleven. Oh. you might do worse than make your boy a pilot. Well. alas! his nurserymaid. They still are. pardon! Frederic. if you conscientiously feel that it is your duty to destroy us. my beloved friends. once out of my indentures. A sad mistake it was to make and doom him to a vile lot. pardon! (kneels) FRED. KING. hear! 2 . Which you wouldn’t have found. the scope of this disaster.The Pirates of Penzance RUTH rises and comes forward. Frederic. sweet one. But this afternoon my obligation ceases. I have long pardoned you. and chance the consequences. Nay. I love you all with affection unspeakable. RUTH. RUTH. I look upon you with a disgust that amounts to absolute detestation. Hear. Better have it out at once. RUTH. beyond all doubt. my boy. His father thought he’d ’prentice him to some career seafaring. Why not.

Frederic. it is my duty. Ruth is very well.The Pirates of Penzance FRED. One would think that Great Britain’s mercantile navy was recruited solely from her orphan asylums – which we know is not the case. that is my impression. FRED. what is to become of her? KING. to tell you that you are too tenderhearted. We are rough men. then. your own Ruth. I think it is a sweet face. I don’t think much of our profession. keep thy love. SAM. there are the remains of a fine woman about Ruth. I feel some difficulty about you. but we are not so utterly heartless as to deprive thee of thy love. You’re very good. It is – oh. There is some truth in that. (Exit RUTH. True. Frederic. But. KING. Was ever a man placed in so delicate a situation? RUTH. it cannot be. it is! FRED. he will take you with him. But as I have never had an opportunity of comparing you with other women. SAM. hang it all! you wouldn’t have us absolutely merciless? FRED. Farewell. In justice to her. Well. who lead a rough life. KING. as a pirate. There’s my difficulty. Of course: we are orphans ourselves. and know what it is. FRED. and we must be off. but I have been constantly at sea since I was eight years old. let our deaths be as swift and painless as you can conveniently make them. Keep thy love. No. and then find out that she is. Oh. you make a point of never attacking a weaker party than yourselves.) KING. FRED. I shall live and die a Pirate King. Well. Then I will not be so selfish as to take her from you. Frederic. it is just possible I may be mistaken. very well indeed. and in consideration for you. RUTH. on the whole. I will! By the love I have for you. contrasted with respectability. FRED. plain! KING. I’m sure. after twelve I wouldn’t. What a terrible thing it would be if I were to marry this innocent person. No. it is comparatively honest. but it has got about. and yours is the only woman’s face I have seen during that time. It is true that I admire you very much. (Hands RUTH to FREDERIC. (Hands RUTH to KING. (Hands her back to FREDERIC.) FRED. And Ruth. FRED. Yes. (loudly) Not one! KING. Do you really think so? SAM. Frederic. I swear it! Would that you could render this extermination unnecessary by accompanying me back to civilization! KING. For instance. Frederic. Then. I do.) KING. and what is the consequence? Every one we capture says he’s an orphan. Oh. SONG – PIRATE KING. I say I think it is. When your process of extermination begins. ALL. No. but. I think I am right in saying that there is not one here who would rob thee of this inestimable treasure for all the world holds dear. Ruth. I thought there wasn’t. Well. Yes. I will leave her behind. you make a point of never molesting an orphan! SAM.) FRED. and who has won her middle-aged way into your boyish heart. FRED. until twelve o’clock I would. and when you attack a stronger party you invariably get thrashed. this must not be. again. The last three ships we took proved to be manned entirely by orphans. and so we had to let them go. No. it’s the top of the tide. whom you love so well. 3 .

but I shall find you a wife of forty-seven. But I’ll be true to the song I sing. it is a glorious thing To be a Pirate King. 4 . KING. it is a glorious thing To be a Pirate King! For I am a Pirate King! You are! Hurrah for the Pirate King! And it is. but I must be circumspect. You see. For I am a Pirate King! And it is. it is a glorious thing To be a Pirate King! For I am a Pirate King! You are! Hurrah for the Pirate King! And it is. A wife of seventeen! You will find me a wife of a thousand! FRED. ALL. Where pirates all are well-to-do. Ruth. it’s true. master – I have a slight cold. But many a king on a first-class throne. With a pirate head and a pirate heart. it is a glorious thing To be a Pirate King. Oh. Must manage somehow to get through More dirty work than ever I do. better far to live and die Under the brave black flag I fly. ALL. Away to the cheating world go you. You are very dear to me.The Pirates of Penzance KING. and that is quite enough. Oh. For I am a Pirate King! And it is. No. as you know. you are considerably older than I. KING. ALL. Than play a sanctimonious part. FRED. I sink a few more ships. If he wants to call his crown his own. It is! Hurrah for the Pirate King! Exeunt all except FREDERIC. And live and die a Pirate King. tell me candidly and without reserve: compared with other women – how are you? RUTH. Ruth. ALL. but otherwise I am quite well. Enter RUTH. It is! Hurrah for the Pirate King! When I sally forth to seek my prey I help myself in a royal way. A lad of twenty-one usually looks for a wife of seventeen. RUTH. Than a well-bred monarch ought to do. I will answer you truthfully. KING. take me with you! I cannot live if I am left behind. I will be quite candid with you. RUTH.

am I not so? And now I see you’re plain and old. are you beautiful? RUTH. but lately? RUTH.) Hark! Surely I hear voices! Who has ventured to approach our all but inaccessible lair? Can it be Custom House? No. Ruth. FRED. for I am sure you would not practice on my inexperience. but I was referring rather to your personal appearance. You told me you were fair as gold! And. do not be rejecting! Take a maiden tender – her affection raw and green. Oh. I should be deceiving you if I told you otherwise. FRED. false one. master. master. At very highest rating. Oh.The Pirates of Penzance FRED. Compared with other women. RUTH. FRED. It’s gradually got so. I believe you. FRED. Thank you. Upon my innocence you play. dear master. I’m not the one to plot so. (looking off) By all that’s marvellous. Has been accumulating Summers seventeen – summers seventeen. ere you go! My love without reflecting. it does not sound like Custom House. FRED. FRED. It is a delicate question to answer. FRED. how surpassingly lovely is the plainest of them! What grace – what delicacy – what refinement! And Ruth – Ruth told me she was beautiful! RECITATIVE. no. (wildly) FRED. I’m sure I’m not a jot so. a bevy of beautiful maidens! RUTH. FRED. Ah. ENSEMBLE. I wish to do the right thing. RUTH. (bashfully) I have been told so.) DUET – FREDERIC and RUTH. Yes. RUTH. Oh. deceived me! (Denouncing her. That is your candid opinion? RUTH. FRED. your age shall be no obstacle to our union! (Chorus of Girls heard in the distance. RUTH. I am sorry for your cold. to deceive me. your hair is grey. FRED. years and years ago. Your face is lined. How lovely. (aside) Lost! lost! lost! FRED. RUTH. RUTH. I who trusted so! Master. and if – I say if – you are really a fine woman. but I think I am a fine woman. RUTH. do not leave me! Hear me. Faithless woman. 5 . What do you think of yourself? RUTH. you have deceived me! I have deceived you? Yes. (aside) Confusion! it is the voices of young girls! If he should see them I am lost. FRED.

in this our rocky den. Threading long and leafy mazes Dotted with unnumbered daisies. – FREDERIC. and she goes off in despair. We’ll be queens. Here. beloved master. Crush me with disaster. as you are stating It’s been accumulating Forty-seven year – forty-seven year! At the end he renounces her. What is such a dower to the dower I have here? My love unabating Has been accumulating Forty-seven year – forty-seven year! FRED. Till the bright sea-shore they gain! Let us gaily tread the measure. Yes. What shall I do? Before these gentle maidens I dare not show in this alarming costume! No. GIRLS. RECIT. Far away from mortal men. Though the moments quickly die. Hail it as a true ally. Climbing over rocky mountain. Don’t. Greet them gaily as they fly. KATE. and make decrees – 6 EDITH. Though it perish by-and-by. no. Revelling in fresh sea-air. Climb the hardy little lasses. Hail it as a true ally. I must remain in close concealment Until I can appear in decent clothing! Hides in cave as they enter climbing over the rocks. Scaling rough and rugged passes. .The Pirates of Penzance RUTH. Swollen with the summer rain. Every moment brings a treasure Of its own especial pleasure. your former master Saves you from disaster. EDITH. it is clear If. Your love would be uncomfortably fervid. Make the most of fleeting leisure. Passing where the willows quiver By the ever-rolling river. Here we live and reign alone In a world that’s all our own. Though it perish by-and-by. Far away from toil and care. GIRLS. Skipping rivulet and fountain.

ladies. hopping) A pirate! Horror! FRED. KATE. sir? Speak! (All hopping. but feet they cannot. How rare his beauty! GIRLS. But who are you. KATE. Except the mermaids – it’s the very place for mermaids. sore at heart. Who are only human beings down to the waist! EDITH. But how thoroughly delightful it is to be so entirely alone! Why. to that end. and we came over a rather difficult country. pray! GIRLS. KATE. is there not one maiden breast Which does not feel the moral beauty Of making worldly interest Subordinate to sense of duty? Who would not give up willingly All matrimonial ambition. But what shall we do until Papa and the servants arrive with the luncheon? EDITH. Let us gaily tread the measure. 7 . Tails they may. And I wonder where Papa is. How pitiful his tale! How rare his beauty! SONG – FREDERIC. in all probability we are the first human beings who ever set foot on this enchanting spot. (Hopping on one foot. We are quite alone. Yes. and the sea is as smooth as glass.) A man! FRED.The Pirates of Penzance They may honour them who please. (recitative) Stop. Oh. And. Ladies. I had intended Not to intrude myself upon your notice In this effective but alarming costume. They have all taken off one shoe. Suppose we take off our shoes and stockings and paddle? ALL. ALL. KATE. And who can’t be said strictly to set foot anywhere. What a picturesque spot! I wonder where we are! EDITH. yes! The very thing! They prepare to carry. do not shun me! This evening I renounce my vile profession. implore your kind assistance. blushing buds of ever-blooming beauty! I. But under these peculiar circumstances. How pitiful his tale! KATE. out the suggestion. FRED. EDITH. ISABEL.) FRED. It is my bounden duty to inform you That your proceedings will not be unwitnessed! EDITH. FRED. etc. Oh. he will be here presently! Remember poor Papa is not as young as we are. We have left him ever so far behind. O pure and peerless maidens! Oh. ISABEL. (recoiling. when FREDERIC comes forward from cave. I am a pirate! GIRLS.

MABEL. GIRLS. sisters. Alas! there’s not one maiden breast Which seems to feel the moral beauty Of making worldly interest Subordinate to sense of duty! Oh. (aside) The question is. one! ’Tis Mabel! Yes. If you will cast your eyes on me. But pray Is that a reason good and true Why you Should all be deaf to pity’s name? GIRLS. . for shame! SONG – MABEL. no! MABEL enters.The Pirates of Penzance To rescue such a one as I From his unfortunate position? GIRLS. no – not one! No. if such there be. I swear by Heaven’s arch above you. FRED. ’tis Mabel! RECITATIVE – MABEL. Oh. For shame! It’s true that he has gone astray. had he not been A thing of beauty. MABEL. is there not one maiden here Whose homely face and bad complexion Have caused all hope to disappear Of ever winning man’s affection? To such an one. (in despair) GIRLS. Not one? GIRLS. However plain you be – I’ll love you! Alas! there’s not one maiden here Whose homely face and bad complexion Have caused all hope to disappear Of ever winning man’s affection! Not one? No. MABEL. deaf to pity’s name. FRED. for shame. GIRLS. Would she be swayed by quite as keen A sense of duty? For shame. 8 FRED. Yes.

Let us compromise (Our hearts are not of leather): Let us shut our eyes. my dear. let’s talk about the weather. take it. no danger lowers. Gentle sisters. it is thine! Take heart. yes. Poor wandering one! Poor wandering one! If such poor love as mine Can help thee find True peace of mind – Why. Yet people say. fair days will shine.” Her case may. Take any heart – take mine! Take heart. Yes. Take any heart-but ours! GIRLS. 9 . That we shall have a warm July. Take heart of grace. Be yours. Let her make her hay While the sun doth shine. Continue fine I hope it may. CHATTERING CHORUS. What ought we to do. KATE. EDITH. GIRLS. EDITH beckons her sisters. any day. say? Propriety. The glass is rising very high. And talk about the weather. I know not why. who form a semicircle around her. or mine. “Free them from your tether – Play at other games – Leave them here together. Exeunt MABEL and FREDERIC. Poor wandering one! Though thou hast surely strayed. And yet it rained but yesterday. How beautifully blue the sky. While sympathy exclaims. Thy steps retrace. we know.The Pirates of Penzance MABEL. Tomorrow it may pour again (I hear the country wants some rain). Says we ought to stay.

yes! this is exceeding gladness! How beautifully blue the sky. How beautifully blue the sky. etc. Did ever pirate loathed. To dream of such exceeding gladness? FRED. Stay. GIRLS. If they stick at no offences We should not be here! Piracy their dreadful trade is – 10 . Men who stick at no offences Will anon be here! Piracy their dreadful trade is. Pray you. And wake to find that soul With peace and virtue beaming? ENSEMBLE. young ladies. etc. but listening intently all the time.The Pirates of Penzance Enter MABEL and FREDERIC. GIRLS. GIRLS. Ah. we must not lose our senses. Girls continue their chatter pianissimo as before. SOLO – MABEL. we must not lose our senses. Forsake his hideous mission To find himself betrothed To lady of position! RECITATIVE – FREDERIC. Did ever maiden wake. To find her daylight break With such exceeding beauty? Did ever maiden close Her eyes on waking sadness. From dream of homely duty To find her daylight break With such exceeding beauty! FREDERIC. During this. MABEL. Did ever pirate roll His soul in guilty dreaming. Did ever maiden wake From dream of homely duty. yes! ah. No. get you hence. but listening eagerly all the time. While the coast is clear! FREDERIC and MABEL retire. SOLO – FREDERIC. During MABEL’s solo the Girls continue chatter pianissimo.

So farewell to the felicity Of our maiden domesticity! We shall quickly be parsonified. ha. By a doctor of divinity. against our will. a doctor. a doctor. ho. Just bear in mind that we are Wards in Chancery. By a doctor. I am a Major-General! The final line of this chorus in the current Chappell Vocal score appears as “Who is located in this vicinity”. You shall quickly be parsonified. KING seizes EDITH and ISABEL. ha! Too late! Ho. Of divinity. And father is a Major-General! SAM. GIRLS. on rock. to wed us all. ho! Ha. or danger may befall. Here’s a first-rate opportunity To get married with impunity. Conjugally matrimonified. he is a Major-General! The MAJOR-GENERAL has entered unnoticed. ho. We have missed our opportunity Of escaping with impunity. During this chorus the Pirates have entered stealthily.1 By a doctor of divinity Who resides in this vicinity. Yes. Too late! Ha. GIRLS. RECITATIVE – MABEL (coming forward) Hold. PIRATES. And indulge in the felicity Of unbounded domesticity. GIRLS. As the Girls move to go off. Who resides in this vicinity. (Girls pass in front of Pirates. SAMUEL seizes KATE. ho! ENSEMBLE.) PIRATES. of divinity.) GIRLS. Conjugally matrimonified. PIRATES. 1 Yes.The Pirates of Penzance Nice companions for young ladies! Let us disappear. (Pirates pass in front of Girls. By a doctor of divinity. and formed in a semicircle behind the Girls. Their father is a Major-General. monsters! Ere your pirate caravanserai Proceed. Who resides in this vicinity. each Pirate seizes a Girl. (cowed) We’d better pause. yes. GEN. 11 . ALL. ha. ha! Ho. yes.

animal. and mineral. I know our mythic history. When such affairs as sorties and surprises I’m more wary at. Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform. I am the very model of a modern Major-General. both the simple and quadratical. animal. in matters vegetable. When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery. animal. And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore. GEN. I am the very model of a modern Major-General. and I quote the fights historical From Marathon to Waterloo. He is the very model of a modern Major-General. I know the kings of England. I’m very good at integral and differential calculus. in order categorical. ALL. I am the very model of a modern Major-General. and mineral. For he is a Major-General! He is! Hurrah for the Major-General! And it is. And when I know precisely what is meant by “commissariat”. ALL. etc. with matters mathematical. I’ve a pretty taste for paradox. GEN.The Pirates of Penzance SAM. I’ve information vegetable. GEN. I answer hard acrostics. In fact. I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies. With many cheerful facts. I know the croaking chorus from the Frogs of Aristophanes! Then I can hum a fugue of which I’ve heard the music’s din afore. I know the scientific names of beings animalculous: In short. in matters vegetable. King Arthur’s and Sir Caradoc’s. 12 ALL. animal. in matters vegetable. ALL. and mineral. In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous. it is a glorious thing To be a Major-General! It is! Hurrah for the Major-General! SONG – MAJOR-GENERAL GEN. In short. etc. and mineral. ALL. When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin. He is the very model of a modern Major-General. too. In short. animal. About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news – With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse. I understand equations. GEN. And whistle all the airs. and mineral. ALL. . in matters vegetable. And tell you every detail of Caractacus’s uniform: In short. I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus. I’m very well acquainted. GEN. when I know what is meant by “mamelon” and “ravelin”.

etc. And now that I’ve introduced myself. the sole remaining props of my old age. What are you? KING. Pardon me. He is the very model of a modern Major-General. KATE. often. But still. I object to pirates as sons-in-law. GEN. (aside) Hah! an idea! (aloud) And do you mean to say that you would deliberately rob me of these.The Pirates of Penzance When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery. often. but you mustn’t do that! May I ask – this is a picturesque uniform. in matters vegetable. (disgusted) Oh. KING. Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century. But wait a bit. Yes. Papa – against our wills! GEN. GEN. (Turning away) GEN. unprotected. dash it all! KING. when I’ve a smattering of elemental strategy. Often! GEN. MABEL. But we waive that point. I ask you. Have you ever known what it is to be one? KING. Dear me! GIRLS. have you ever known what it is to be an orphan. animal. Oh. I should like to have some idea of what’s going on. that’s the idea. Tell me. Yes. and mineral. But still. ALL. they are pirates – the famous Pirates of Penzance! GEN. Against our wills. (disgusted) Often. You’ll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee. No. I ask you. you did indeed. As I understand you. Permit me. For my military knowledge. I gathered that – Anything else? KING. GEN. and you say “orphan”. GEN. We are all single gentlemen. I didn’t repeat the word often. EDITH. Oh. but I’m not familiar with it. GEN. In short. GEN. Papa – we – SAM. GEN. orphan. have you ever known what it is to be an orphan? KING. I say. We do not press it. and leave me to go through the remainder of my life unfriended. and who means to lead a blameless life evermore. I am the very model of a modern Major-General. Here we are again! GEN. You’ll say a better Major-General. though I’m plucky and adventury. yes. The Pirates of Penzance! I have often heard of them. I don’t think we quite understand one another. Well. 13 . GEN. All except this gentleman – (indicating FREDERIC) – who was a pirate once. nothing else. animal. have you ever known what it is to be an orphan? PIRATES. don’t believe them. you are merely repeating the word “orphan” to show that you understand me. and mineral. We object to Major-Generals as fathers-in-law. We look over it. I’ll explain in two words: we propose to marry your daughters. and alone? KING. but who is out of his indentures to day. often. KING. Papa. ALL. ALL. in matters vegetable.

Stop! I think I see where we are getting confused. It is easy. (aside) He is telling a terrible story Which will tend to diminish his glory. It is easy. Poor fellow! GEN. Oh. KING. GEN. Take them away from me. frequently. sad tale of the lonely orphan boy! KING and SAM. Ah! you said "often". Leave me my sole remaining joy – See. GEN. GENERAL. One of the cruellest slaughters That ever were known in these waters. The orphan boy! See at our feet they kneel. (aside) If he’s telling a story He shall die by a death that is gory. GEN. in elegant diction. Our hearts we cannot steel Against the sad. If I hadn’t. To call it an innocent fiction. PIRATES. KING. frequently. Your hearts you cannot steel Against the sad. frequently? KING. (aside) I’m telling a terrible story But it doesn’t diminish my glory. Ah! I beg pardon – I see what you mean – frequently. Forgo your cruel employ. But it comes in the same category PIRATES. Though they would have taken his daughters Over the billowy waters. PIRATES. only once. Indulged in an innocent fiction. True. sad tale of the lonely orphan boy! PIRATES. FINALE – ACT I GEN. When you said “orphan”. I am an orphan boy! An orphan boy? An orphan boy! How sad. Have pity on my lonely state. in elegant diction. an orphan boy. etc. GEN. If pity you can feel. Which is not in the same category GIRLS. did you mean “orphan” – a person who has lost his parents. or “often”. but you repeated it. To call it an innocent fiction.The Pirates of Penzance KING. Poor fellow! GEN. No. at your feet they kneel. (sobbing) Poor fellow! See at our feet they kneel. only once. ENSEMBLE. I only repeated it once. GEN. For they would have taken my daughters Over the billowy waters. And I shall be indeed alone. These children whom you see Are all that I can call my own! PIRATES. men of dark and dismal fate. KING and SAM. But it comes in the same category 14 . (irritated) Exactly – you said “often”. in elegant diction. But not often. GEN.

with joyous glee We/They will away and married be! Should it befall auspiciously. who kneels before you! Yes. PIRATES. (kneeling) KING. PIRATES. We’re always sorry to begin it. SAM. Although we live by strife.) You may go. It is! Hurrah for the orphan boy! ENSEMBLE. RUTH. PIRATES. you grieve him! I wish you’d leave me! (FREDERIC casts RUTH from him. KING. Her/Our sisters all will bridesmaids be! RUTH enters and comes down to FREDERIC. who kneels before you! Away. divine emollient! (All rise. RUTH. flowing fount of sentiment! All hail. you did deceive me! (Threatening RUTH.) We wish you’d leave him! ENSEMBLE. is life Without a touch of Poetry in it? Hail. hear one word. And honorary members of our band we do elect you! For he is an orphan boy! He is! Hurrah for the orphan boy! And it sometimes is a useful thing To be an orphan boy. ALL. As telling a regular terrible story. Oh. do not leave me! Oh. For what. PIRATES. CHORUS. As telling a regular terrible story. FRED. GEN. thou heav’n-born maid! Thou gildest e’en the pirate’s trade.The Pirates of Penzance As telling a regular terrible story. Pray observe the magnanimity They/We display to lace and dimity! Never was such opportunity 15 . master. We rather think that we’re Not altogether void of feeling. CHORUS. do not leave her! Away. PIRATES. your Ruth. our pirate rules protect you.) Away. Oh. we ask. Hail. yes. remember Ruth. for you’re at liberty. Poetry. Although our dark career Sometimes involves the crime of stealing. FRED. you grieve me! Away. I do implore you! Remember Ruth. FRED. you did deceive him! Oh. happy day.

Ruined Gothic windows at back. And the dews are falling fast! Dear father. why leave your bed When happy daylight is dead? CHORUS. And darksome dangers lower? See. and the PIRATE KING. CHORUS. END OF ACT I ACT II SCENE. why leave your bed At this untimely hour. MAJORGENERAL STANLEY discovered seated pensively. SOLO – MABEL. But they/we give up the felicity Of unbounded domesticity. Dear father. etc. In them thy comfort seek. heaven has lit her lamp.The Pirates of Penzance To get married with impunity. who makes a final appeal to FREDERIC. dry the glistening tear. And the chilly night air is damp. Thy loving children hear. Enter RUTH. 16 . The MAJOR-GENERAL produces a British flag.–A ruined chapel by moonlight. Oh. The twilight hour is past. Oh. produces a black flag with skull and crossbones. Though a doctor of divinity Resides in this vicinity Girls and MAJOR-GENERAL go up rocks. For oh. dry the glistening tear That dews that martial cheek. they cannot bear To see their father weep! Enter MABEL. while PIRATES indulge in a wild dance of delight on stage. With sympathetic care Their arms around thee creep. who casts her from him. When happy daylight is dead. surrounded by his daughters. FREDERIC enters.

that such is the anguish and remorse I feel at the abominable falsehood by which I escaped these easily deluded pirates. Tarantara! 17 . facing audience. sir. night after night. you only bought the property a year ago. with POLICE. Dear. and to implore their pardon for having brought dishonour on the family escutcheon. and the stucco on your baronial castle is scarcely dry. Oh. SONG – SERGEANT. and I shudder to think that their descendant by purchase (if I may so describe myself) should have brought disgrace upon what. I assure you. I am no orphan! I come here to humble myself before the tombs of my ancestors. but I know whose ancestors they are. and before midnight I hope to have atoned for my involuntary association with the pestilent scourges by sweeping them from the face of the earth – and then. in this draughty old ruin? GEN. I described myself as an orphan. Tarantara! And we find the wisest thing. FRED. sir. Tarantara! tarantara! Is to slap our chests and sing. FRED. did I not fear that the consequences would be most disastrous to myself. I bought the chapel and its contents. Frederic. reconcile it with your conscience to say something that will relieve my father’s sorrow? FRED. I thank you for your proffered solace. They are. they come. dear Mabel. Ere they depart upon their dread adventure. Why do I sit here? To escape from the pirates’ clutches. But why does he sit. At what time does your expedition march against these scoundrels? FRED. Frederic. they only wait my orders. marching in single file. and. GEN. But you forget. heaven help me. but it is unavailing. I don’t know whose ancestors they were. Then. Frederic. Had you not acted as you did. dear Mabel. At eleven. RECIT – GENERAL. you will be mine! GEN. When the foeman bares his steel. FRED. Tarantara! tarantara! We uncomfortable feel. I will try. in this chapel are ancestors: you cannot deny that. I have no doubt. let your escort lion-hearted Be summoned to receive a General’s blessing. Enter Police. With the estate. They form in line. in the calm excellence of your wisdom. Frederic. that I would go to their simple-minded chief this very night and confess all. these reckless men would assuredly have called in the nearest clergyman. cannot you. Are your devoted followers at hand? FRED. and have married your large family on the spot. GEN.The Pirates of Penzance MABEL. Be comforted. was an unstained escutcheon.

False. Go and do your best endeavour. ye heroes. go and die! Go. and every Cornish daughter With her tears your grave shall water. Go to immortality! Go to death. Young and tender.The Pirates of Penzance For when threatened with emeutes. Though you die in combat gory. And before all links we sever. Go. We will say farewell for ever. with POLICE. Tarantara! Such expressions don’t appear. old and toothless. MABEL. Tarantara! tarantara! These attentions are well meant. Tarantara! Who are going to meet their fate In a highly nervous state. On the risks that on us press. Though to us it’s evident. etc. SERG. Tarantara! tarantara! And your heart is in your boots. and go to slaughter. Tarantara! tarantara! tarantara! EDITH. and truthless. And of reference a lack 18 ALL. . Go to glory and the grave! Go to glory and the grave! For your foes are fierce and ruthless. GIRLS. go to glory. Tarantara! tarantara! Calculated men to cheer. Die. Go. ye heroes. ye heroes. GIRLS. We observe too great a stress. Like the trumpet’s martial sound Tarantara! tarantara!. Ye shall live in song and story. All in vain their mercy crave. Tarantara! There is nothing brings it round Like the trumpet’s martial sound. Tarantara! tarantara! tarantara! Still to us it’s evident These attentions are well meant. go and die! SERGEANT. unmerciful.

circumstance’s victim. GEN. These pirates slay. we go. KING. POLICE. POLICE. Yes. mad intruders. in some slight measure. forward on the foe! GEN. at a sense of duty’s stern dictation. sweet relief! Oh. Young Frederic! (Covering him with pistol. Now for the pirates’ lair! Oh. we go Exeunt Police. etc. away! POLICE. followed by her sisters. At last they really go! CHORUS OF POLICE. We go. yes. When the foeman bears his steel. it’s very evident These attentions are well meant. How dare ye face me? Know ye not. FRED. go to glory. That I have doomed you to extermination? 19 . For it’s very evident These attentions are well meant. Away. POLICE. your little Ruth! (Covering him with pistol. Yes. oh rash ones. armed. Go ye heroes. CHORUS OF ALL BUT POLICE. we go. ENSEMBLE. Yes. etc. Tarantara! Tarantara! All right. have been guilty! PIRATE KING and RUTH appear. FREDERIC remains alone. GEN. RUTH. MABEL tears herself from FREDERIC and exit. consoling her. KING. Then do not stay. For the repeated acts of theft and pillage Which.The Pirates of Penzance To our chance of coming back. joy unbounded! Oh. etc GEN. (without moving) GEN. but you don’t go! ALL. but you don’t go! POLICE.) Oh. Yes. I. The MAJOR-GENERAL and others follow. FRED. forward on the foe! GEN. Still. perhaps it would be wise Not to carp or criticise. Then why this delay? POLICE. Yes.) Who calls? Your late commander! And I. rapture unexampled! At last I may atone. RECITATIVE – FREDERIC. Yes.

Has decided that. Yet. And with the laughter on our lips. by a simple arithmetical process. KING. But all in vain the quips we heard. (laughing) ALL. When you had left our pirate fold. however. etc. That paradox? That most ingenious paradox! We’ve quips and quibbles heard in flocks. Until to somebody occurred A startling paradox. KING. But none to beat that paradox! A paradox. although for such a beastly month as February. For some ridiculous reason. KING. We tried to raise our spirits faint. mercy should alloy our stern resentment. We knew your taste for curious quips. One year in every four his days shall be reckoned as nine and twenty. And so. For cranks and contradictions queer. How Frederic would the joke enjoy!" And so we’ve risked both life and limb To tell it to our boy. We wished you there to hear. Some person in authority. a paradox. We lay and sobbed upon the rocks. (laughing) ALL. on the twenty-ninth of February. Through some singular coincidence – I shouldn’t be surprised if it were owing to the agency of an ill-natured fairy – You are the victim of this clumsy arrangement. (interested) KING. FRED. RUTH. a paradox. "If we could tell it him. We said. very likely the Astronomer Royal. ere you slaughter! I do not think I ought to listen to you. twenty-eight days as a rule are plenty. A paradox? A paradox! A most ingenious paradox! We’ve quips and quibbles heard in flocks. and FREDERIC. I’ve no desire to be disloyal. With quip and quibble quaint. FRED. Have mercy on us! hear us. 20 . And so I will be merciful – say on! TRIO – RUTH.The Pirates of Penzance KING and RUTH hold a pistol to each ear. to which. you’ll easily discover. But none to beat this paradox! A paradox. I don’t know who. FRED. having been born in leap-year. According to our custom old. etc. RUTH. CHANT – KING.

You are glad now. the father of my Mabel – 21 . that you spared us. Lead on. you have appealed to my sense of duty. Upon my word. A paradox. and leave the rest to your sense of duty. (wildly) Don’t put it on that footing! As I was merciful to you just now. no. Yet. RUTH. (after a pause) Well. We insist on nothing. General Stanley. I’ll be bound. I charge you by that sense of conscientiousness to which we have never yet appealed in vain. yes. a paradox. My comrades? KING. Until I reached my twenty-first year. but duty is before all – at any price I will do my duty. horror! RUTH and KING. No. FRED. KING. with yours my figures do agree! ALL. (suddenly) Oh. What is the matter? FRED. FRED. we merely remind you of the fact. yet. No. Ha! ha! ha! ho! ho! ho! ho! FRED. Your sense of duty! FRED. Your duty! FRED. (rises) I’m afraid you don’t appreciate the delicacy of your position: You were apprenticed to us – FRED. as one of your band – KING. FRED. Five-anda-quarter! No one would think it to look at me! RUTH.The Pirates of Penzance That though you’ve lived twenty-one years. KING. until you reached your twenty-first birthday (producing document). He is a little boy of five! Ha! ha! ha! ALL. Bravely spoken! Come. we content ourselves with pointing out to you your duty. I abhor your infamous calling. Ought I to tell you? No. A most ingenious paradox! Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!. etc. reckoning by my natal day. FRED. (more amused than any) How quaint the ways of Paradox! At common sense she gaily mocks! Though counting in the usual way. and my duty is only too clear. Ha! ha! ha! ha! Ho! ho! ho! ho! FRED. exhausted with laughter. you are one of us once more. going by birthdays. and KING. I follow. RUTH and KING throw themselves back on seats. Dear me! Let’s see! (counting on fingers) Yes. FRED. this is most curious – most absurdly whimsical. and. I am a little boy of five! RUTH and KING. and yet. You don’t mean to say you are going to hold me to that? KING. Years twenty-one I’ve been alive. You would never have forgiven yourself when you discovered that you had killed two of your comrades. KING. be merciful to me! I implore you not to insist on the letter of your bond just as the cup of happiness is at my lips! RUTH. I shudder at the thought that I have ever been mixed up with it. if we go by birthdays. I cannot do it. Speak out. you’re only five and a little bit over! RUTH. you are as yet only five-and-a-quarter.

And. ALL. Away. His girls likewise? They will welter in sorrow. This very night my vengeance dire Shall glut itself in gore. away! ere I expire – I find my duty hard to do today! My heart is filled with anguish dire. FRED. We will go and collect our band and attack Tremorden Castle this very night. I burn.The Pirates of Penzance RUTH and KING. your gallant crew await you. Away. KING. Not a word! He is doomed! TRIO. RUTH. Let vengeance howl. – MABEL. Yes. It is my duty to tell you that General Stanley is no orphan! RUTH and KING. away! my heart’s on fire. It strikes me to the core. Am I to understand that. to save his contemptible life. Tonight the traitor dies. . Enter MABEL. The one soft spot – In their natures they cherish – And all who plot – To abuse it shall perish! Tonight he dies. Exeunt KING and RUTH. yes! tonight the traitor dies! Tonight he dies! Yes. Away. away! KING. It breaks my heart to betray the honoured father of the girl I adore. RUTH. he never was one! KING. More than that. FRED. but as your apprentice I have no alternative. RUTH. RECITATIVE. etc. yes! FRED. My Frederic in tears? It cannot be 22 ALL. FREDERIC. in return. FRED. this base deception to repay. KING and RUTH.) Our revenge shall be swift and terrible. Our nature stern He softened with his lies. KING. All is prepared. He escaped from you on the plea that he was an orphan? KING. Yes. KING. he dared to practise on our credulous simplicity? (FREDERIC nods as he weeps. The Pirate so decides. away! With falsehood foul He tricked us of our brides. Away. or early tomorrow. But stay – KING. FRED. He did. What! FRED.

No fate seemed fair as mine. horrible! catastrophe appalling! And so. in altered tone. Stay. farewell! No. FRED. Mabel. DUET. Will sing. Fa-la. stay! Nay.The Pirates of Penzance That lion-heart quails at the coming conflict? No. Fa-la. FRED. . Ah.” In 1940 I of age shall be. FRED. And sorrow all supreme – Where nature. MABEL. No happiness so great! And Nature. – MABEL and FREDERIC. day by day. Fa-la. I’ll then return. la-la”. and that birthday Will not be reached by me till nineteen forty! Oh. must I leave thee here In endless night to dream. Mabel. FRED. MABEL. I must obey. no. stay! They have no legal claim. A terrible disclosure Has just been made. Mabel. MABEL. Frederic. – MABEL and FREDERIC. This weary roundelay. But when stern Duty calls. Fa-la. Stay. The thought my soul appalls. Frederic. “He loves thee – he is gone. Frederic. “He loves thee – he is here. No shadow of a shame Will fall upon thy name. I bound myself to serve the pirate captain Until I reached my one-and-twentieth birthday – But you are twenty-one? I’ve just discovered That I was born in leap-year. hear me. my dearly-loved one. Has sung in accents clear This joyous roundelay. la-la. Where joy is dark and drear. DUET. day by day. la-la. FRED. no! Ah. la-la. and claim you – I declare it! 23 FRED. MABEL. Ah. nay! Tonight I quit these walls. leave me not to pine Alone and desolate.

MABEL. his heroic sacrifice to his sense of duty has endeared him to me tenfold. I’ll be brave! Oh. family descent. He has acted nobly. MABEL. till then. POLICE. Right oh! 24 . for he has allied himself once more with his old associates. he will not so lead you. It seems so long! Swear that. etc. POLICE. He has acted nobly! MABEL. Dearly as I loved him before. POLICE. POLICE. SERG. POLICE. and here is truth. Tarantara! And anything but blind – Tarantara! tarantara! To the danger that’s behind.The Pirates of Penzance MABEL. POLICE. undaunted men in blue. (almost fainting) No. That is not a pleasant way of putting it. Oh. Tarantara! tarantara! We manage to appear – Tarantara! As insensible to fear As anybody here. affairs are coming to! Enter Police. SERG. Tarantara! Yet. Exit MABEL. No matter. He has done his duty. Yes. MABEL. SERG. and even after. FRED. SERG. Though in body and in mind. POLICE. here is love. You speak falsely. He has acted shamefully! MABEL. I’ll be strong! By all the Stanleys dead and gone. when the danger’s near. FREDERIC rushes to window and leaps out. thy sway how excellent! Come one and all. And here is food for joyous laughter: He/She will be faithful to his/her sooth Till we are wed. You know nothing about it. Tarantara! tarantara! We are timidly inclined. POLICE. POLICE SERG. A crisis. Go ye and do yours. POLICE. now. Tarantara! tarantara!. I will do mine. I swear it! ENSEMBLE. SERG. How great thy charm. MABEL. Sergeant. marching in single file. you will be true to me. POLICE. approach! Young Frederic was to have led you to death and glory. SERG.

SERG. A policeman’s lot is not a happy one. SERG. He loves to lie a-basking in the sun – In the sun. POLICE. when constabulary duty’s to be done. A policeman’s lot is not a happy one. And listen to the merry village chime – Village chime. It is! SONG – SERGEANT. POLICE. POLICE. When the enterprising burglar’s not a-burgling – Not a-burgling. Ah. SERG. POLICE. POLICE. SERG. POLICE. POLICE. Our course is clear: we must do our best to capture these pirates alone. take one consideration with another – With another. It is too late now! POLICE. POLICE. POLICE. as he is actuated by a sense of duty – POLICE. we cannot understand it at all. POLICE. SERG. POLICE. SERG. A policeman’s lot is not a happy one. SERG. happy one. We should! SERG. SERG. His capacity for innocent enjoyment – ’Cent enjoyment Is just as great as any honest man’s – Honest man’s. take one consideration with another – With another. When the coster’s finished jumping on his mother – On his mother. SERG. When a felon’s not engaged in his employment – His employment. When the cut-throat isn’t occupied in crime – ’Pied in crime. SERG. POLICE. SERG. SERG. POLICE. No matter. POLICE. POLICE. A policeman’s lot is not a happy one. happy one. SERG. POLICE. SERG. SERG. At the same time. when constabulary duty’s to be done. SERG. It is most distressing to us to be the agents whereby our erring fellowcreatures are deprived of that liberty which is so dear to us all – but we should have thought of that before we joined the force. to be done. Or maturing his felonious little plans – Little plans. Ah. to be done. we repeat. 25 . of course.The Pirates of Penzance SERG. Ah. POLICE. SERG. Our feelings we with difficulty smother – ’Culty smother When constabulary duty’s to be done – To be done. That makes a difference. POLICE. We cannot understand it at all. SERG. Ah. He loves to hear the little brook a-gurgling – Brook a-gurgling. This is perplexing. Still.

With stealthy step the pirates are approaching. POLICE. Hush. A rollicking band of pirates we. the Pirates are seen appearing at ruined windows. 26 . Come. We are not coming for plate or gold – A story General Stanley’s told – We seek a penalty fifty-fold. A fly’s foot-fall Would be distinctly heard – POLICE. Take another station. In silence dread. with stealthy stride. Police conceal themselves. and come down stage. They seek a penalty Fifty-fold! We seek a penalty Fifty-fold! They/We seek a penalty fifty-fold. hush! I hear them on the manor poaching. SAMUEL is laden with burglarious tools and pistols. Who. ALL. No sound at all. So stealthily the pirate creeps. (pianissimo) Tarantara. in the distance. Upon our prey we steal.The Pirates of Penzance Chorus of Pirates without. tarantara! SAM. SERG. For General Stanley’s story. etc. (pianissimo) Tarantara. With weapons grim and gory. Truce to navigation. tired of tossing on the sea. Our cautious way we feel. We never speak a word. resumed nearer. POLICE. Are trying their hand at a burglaree. They come in force. While all the household soundly sleeps. (distributing implements to various members of the gang) Here’s your crowbar and your centrebit. friends. Chorus of Pirates. For General Stanley’s story. who plough the sea. As they do so. SERG. PIRATES. Our obvious course is now – to hide. tarantara! PIRATES. CHORUS – PIRATES (very loud) With cat-like tread. Let’s vary piracee With a little burglaree! POLICE. They enter cautiously.

Take your file and your skeletonic keys. Exeunt KING. (pianissimo) With cat-like tread. all is still In dale. Setting nature all a-quiver. And as I lay in bed awake. Sighing softly to the river Comes the loving breeze. yes. hush! not a word. yes. etc. on hill. 27 . He thought he heard a noise – ha! ha! No.The Pirates of Penzance Your life-preserver – you may want to hit! Your silent matches. Laughs for very love. I thought I heard a noise. It must have been The sighing of the breeze. the Major-General comes! Pirates conceal themselves. I lay upon my sleepless bed. My mind is set at ease – So still the scene. in their pleasure. PIRATES. SAMUEL. FREDERIC. Yes. Tarantara! tarantara! RECITATIVE. The man who finds his conscience ache No peace at all enjoys. GEN. MEN. (entering in dressing-gown. Enter KING. FRED. Wave their arms above. BALLAD – GENERAL. Hush. (fortissimo) POLICE. yes. the Major-General comes! GEN. your dark lantern seize. FREDERIC and RUTH. And the brook. carrying a light) Yes. in rippling measure. Through the trees. I see a light inside! The Major-General comes. MEN. so quickly hide! Yes. the Major-General comes! SOLO – GENERAL. PIRATES. POLICE. Tormented with the anguish dread Of falsehood unatoned. While the poplars. GEN. And tossed and turned and groaned. Rustling through the trees. and RUTH.

Yet. MEN. With base deceit You worked upon our feelings! Revenge is sweet. for very love. Pretty brook. my men. (springing up) Yes. For thy love is but a rover. he is not able. The pirates! the pirates! Oh. GIRLS. Who can woo so well? Shocking tales the rogue could tell. GEN. Wave their leafy arms above. so very incompletely dressed? Dear father is. the breeze is but a rover. joy! Oh. all in white peignoirs and night-caps. Courted by a fickle breeze! GEN. What strange occurrence can it be that calls dear father from his rest At such a time of night as this. Forward. He’s telling the truth. Brook and poplar mourn a lover Sighing. led by MABEL. Nobody can woo so well. so very incompletely dressed? Enter KING. Frederic here! Oh. When he wings away. despair! PIRATES. GIRLS. Yes. poplar tree. 28 . “Well-a-day!” Well-a-day! Ah! the doing and undoing. That the rogue could tell! When the breeze is out a-wooing. and what is that. and why does father leave his rest At such a time of night as this. save us! FRED. KING. May thy loving prosper ever! Heaven speed thee. the trees. and seize that General there! They seize the GENERAL. Frederic. but I am not able. KING.The Pirates of Penzance MEN. we’re the pirates. and FREDERIC. MEN. SAMUEL. May thy wooing happy be. Now what is this. PIRATES. thy dream is over. River. I would if I could. little river. and always was. rapture! Summon your men and effect their capture! MABEL. and carrying lighted candles. Enter the GENERAL’s daughters. so despair! GEN. the most methodical of men! It’s his invariable rule to go to bed at half-past ten. Beautiful Mabel. Sad the lot of poplar trees. river.

Oh. (wildly) Is he to die. take out handkerchiefs and weep. though hitherto concealed! GIRLS. spare him! POLICE. Oh. spare him! MABEL. On your allegiance we’ve a stronger claim – We charge you yield. RUTH. To gain a brief advantage you’ve contrived. unshriven – unannealed? GIRLS.The Pirates of Penzance And flavours all our dealings! With courage rare And resolution manly. Don’t say you are orphans. with all their faults. In Queen Victoria’s name! Pirates kneel. yes. we love our Queen. MABEL. holding Pirates by the collar. They are no members of the common throng. SERG. and place them at the bar! Enter RUTH. yes. Away with them. with humbled mien. Because. Eventually the Police are overcome and fall prostrate. (baffled) You do? POLICE. we are here. Police stand over them triumphantly. For death prepare. ALL. Yes. But your proud triumph will not be long-lived. One moment! let me tell you who they are. We yield at once. with all our faults. So to Constabulary. the Pirates standing over them with drawn swords. GEN. pirates yield! GIRLS. POLICE. KING. 29 . Yes. they love their Queen. CHORUS OF PIRATES AND POLICE We/You triumph now. No pirate band will take its stand At the Central Criminal Court. Oh. Oh. for we know that game. we charge you yield. they love their Queen. (springing up) Yes. for well we trow Your/Our mortal career’s cut short. Police. Will no one in his cause a weapon wield? GIRLS. Unhappy General Stanley. rapture! POLICE. with all their faults. We do! We charge you yield. SERG. In Queen Victoria’s name! KING. KING. rapture! A struggle ensues between Pirates and Police.

with all our faults.The Pirates of Penzance They are all noblemen who have gone wrong. Your steps retrace. Why. 30 . Poor wandering ones! etc. ALL. pardon me. ex-Pirate King! Peers will be peers. we love our House of Peers. it is yours! ALL. Poor wandering ones! Poor wandering ones! If such poor love as ours Can help you find True peace of mind. They are all noblemen who have gone wrong. END OF OPERA. Resume your ranks and legislative duties. I pray you. Poor wandering ones! Though ye have surely strayed. Take heart of grace. take it. No Englishman unmoved that statement hears. all of whom are beauties. Because. GEN. And take my daughters. FINALE. and youth will have its fling.