The Mikado/Act I/Part V
[Enter Chorus of NOBLES]
<poem>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!
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.