The Mikado/Act I/Part V

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[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!

[Enter 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.


Defer, defer To the Lord High Executioner, etc.