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SIR WILLIAM SCHWENK GILBERT
English comedic and satirical writer, dramatist and librettist
(1836 - 1911)
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Then they began to sing
  That extremely lovely thing,
    "Scherzando! ma non troppo, ppp."
      - Bab Ballads--Story of Prince Agib
        [Singing]

As innocent as a new-laid egg.
      - Engaged (act I)
        [Innocence : Proverbial Phrases]

Bad language or abuse
  I never, never use,
    Whatever the emergency;
      Though "Bother it" I may
        Occasionally say,
          I never never use a big, big D.
      - H.M.S. Pinafore [Swearing]

He is an Englishman!
  For he himself has said it,
    And it's greatly to his credit,
      That he's an Englishman!
        For he might have been a Rooshian
          A French or Turk or Proosian,
            Or perhaps Itali-an.
              But in spite of all temptations
                To belong to other nations,
                  He remains an Englishman.
      - H.M.S. Pinafore [England]

I always voted at my party's call,
  And I never thought of thinking of myself at all.
      - H.M.S. Pinafore [Politics : Voting]

Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
  If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
    If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,
      Be careful to be guided by this golden rule--
        Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
          And you all may be Rulers of the Queen's Navee.
      - H.M.S. Pinafore [Navy]

Things are seldom what they seem,
  Skim milk masquerades as cream.
      - H.M.S. Pinafore [Appearance]

Though "Bother it" I may
  Occasionally say,
    I never never use a big, big, D.
      - H.M.S. Pinafore [Swearing]

Oh! to be wafted away
  From this black Aceldama of sorrow,
    Where the dust of an earthy to-day
      Makes the earth of a dusty to-morrow.
      - Heart-Foam [Tomorrow]

Did nothing in particular,
  And did it very well.
      - Iolanthe [Deeds]

My object all sublime
  I shall achieve in time--
    To let the punishment fit the crime.
      - Mikado [Punishment]

Something lingering with boiling oil in it . . . something humorous but lingering--with either boiling oil or melted lead.
      - Mikado [Punishment]

Her terrible tale
  You can't assail,
    With truth it quite agrees;
      Her taste exact
        For faultless fact
          Amounts to a disease.
      - Mikado (act II) [Truth]

There's fish in the sea, no doubt of it,
  As good as ever came out of it.
      - Patience (act I) [Fish]

When constabulary duty's to be done
  A policeman's lot is not a happy one.
      - Pirates of Penzance [Government]

Perhaps if you address the lady
  Most politely, most politely,
    Flatter and impress the lady
      Most politely, most politely.
        Humbly beg and humbly sue,
          She may deign to look on you.
      - Princess Ida [Wooing]

For she is such a smart little craft,
  Such a neat little, sweet little craft--
    Such a bright little,
      Tight little,
        Slight little,
          Light little,
            Trim little, slim little craft!
      - Ruddigore [Ships]

If you wish in this world to advance,
  Your merits you're bound to enhance;
    You must stir it and stump it,
      And blow your own trumpet,
        Or trust me, you haven't a chance.
      - Ruddigore [Success]

She may very well pass for forty-three,
  In the dusk with a light behind her.
      - Trial by Jury [Age]

Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold
  And the mate of the Nancy brig,
    And a bo'sun tight and a midshipmite
      And the crew of the captain's gig.
      - Yarn of the "Nancy Bell" [Navigation]


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