2020-07-02

Gilbert & Sullivan – Now For The Pirates’ Lair! Lyrics

[FREDERIC]
Now for the pirates’ lair!
Oh, joy unbounded,
Oh, sweet relief,
Oh, rapture an example,
At last I may atone in some slight measure
For the repeated acts of theft and pillage
Of which, at a sense of duty’s stern dictation
I, circumstance’s victim, have been guilty!

[PIRATE KING]
Young Frederic!

[FREDERIC]
Who calls?

[PIRATE KING]
Your late commander!

[RUTH]
And I, your little Ruth!

[PIRATE KING]
Oh, mad intruders!
How dare ye face me!
Know ye not, oh rash ones,
That I have doomed you to extermination?

[PIRATE KING]
Have mercy on us
Here us ere you slaughter!

[FREDERIC]
I do not think i ought to listen to you;
Yet mercy should alloy our stern resentment,
And so, I will be merciful
Say on!