The Mikado/Act I/Part IV

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The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert
Act I, part IV. Young man, despair
The song Young man, despair was written by W. S. Gilbert for Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic operetta The Mikado. It is the fourth song in Act I.

The First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of the Buckhounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu and Lord Mayor, both acting and elect (Pooh-Bah) speaking to Nanki-Poo:


POOH-BAH

Young man, despair,
Likewise go to,
Yum-Yum the fair
You must not woo.
It will not do:
I'm sorry for you,
You very imperfect ablutioner!
This very day
From school Yum-Yum
Will wend her way,
And homeward come,
With beat of drum
And a rum-tum-tum,
To wed the Lord High Executioner!

And the brass will crash,
And the trumpets bray,
And they'll cut a dash
On their wedding day.
She'll toddle away, as all aver,
With the Lord High Executioner!

TRIO

And the brass will crash,
And the trumpets bray,
And they'll cut a dash
On their wedding day.
She'll toddle away, as all aver,
With the Lord High Executioner!

POOH-BAH

It's a hopeless case,
As you may see,
And in your place
Away I'd flee;
But don't blame me -
I'm sorry to be
Of your pleasure a diminutioner.
They'll vow their pact
Extremely soon,
In point of fact
This afternoon.
Her honeymoon
With that buffoon
At seven commences, so you shun her!

And the brass will crash,
And the trumpets bray,
And they'll cut a dash
On their wedding day.
She'll toddle away, as all aver,
With the Lord High Executioner!

TRIO

And the brass will crash,
And the trumpets bray,
And they'll cut a dash
On their wedding day.
She'll toddle away, as all aver,
With the Lord High Executioner!

[Exit PISH-TUSH]


NANKI-POO

And have I journyed for a month, or Nearly,
To learn that Yum-Yum, whom I love so dearly,
This day to Ko-ko is to be united!

POOH-BAH

The fact appears to be as you recited.
But here he comes, equipped as suits his station;
He'll give you any further information.

[Exeunt POOH-BAH and NANKI-POO]