The Mikado/Act I/Part VIII

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<poem> Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, Pitti-Sing So please you, Sir, we much regret If we have failed in etiquette Towards a man of rank so high-- We shall know better by and by.

Yum-Yum But youth, of course, must have its fling,

                So pardon us,
                So pardon us,

Pitti-Sing And don't, in girlhood's happy spring,

                        Be hard on us,
                        Be hard on us,
              If we're inclined to dance and sing.
             Tra la la, etc.  (Dancing.)

CHORUS OF GIRLS. But youth, of course, etc.

Pooh Bah I think you ought to recollect You cannot show too much respect Towards the highly titled few; But nobody does, and why should you? That youth at us should have its fling,

                        Is hard on us,
                        Is hard on us;

To our prerogative we cling--

                        So pardon us,
                        So pardon us,

If we decline to dance and sing.

                        Tra la la, etc.  (Dancing.)

CHORUS OF GIRLS. But youth, of course, must have its fling, etc.

Exeunt all but Yum-Yum.