The Mikado/Act I/Part V

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[Enter Chorus of NOBLES]

CHORUS OF NOBLES
Behold the Lord High Executioner
A personage of noble rank and title-
A dignified and potent officer,
Whose functions are particularly vital!
Defer, defer,
To the Lord High Executioner!

[Enter KO-KO]

 KO-KO
Taken from the county jail
By a set of curious chances;
Liberated then on bail,
On my own recognizances;
Wafted by a favouring gale
As one sometimes is in trances,
To a height that few can scale,
Save by long and weary dances;
surely, never had a male
Under such like circumstances
So adventurous tale
Which may rank with most romances.

CHORUS OF NOBLES

Defer, defer
To the Lord High Executioner, etc.