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A,B,C. Comic Duet.
Representing a Lady Teaching a Foreigner English.
Gentleman's part to be pronounced in broke English throughout.

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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Gentleman [G] Lady [L]

G - Pray teach me your language to read!
L- With pleasure, with pleasure indeed; You first must learn the A,B,C.
G- You'll find a dull scholar in me, You'll find a dull scholar in me.
L- Come then, a lesson say, "Tis near the close of day,
Repeat it after me... and pray attentive be.
L, G- A,A, B,B, C,C,D,D
L- Look at your book and not at me,
G- Look at your book and not at me,
L- La! what a dunce you are!
G- La! what a dunce your are.
L- Quite stupid I do declare,
G- You stupid I declare.
L, G- A,A,B,B,C,C,D! D!
L- Look at your book, and not at me
G- Look at your book and not at me.
L- Come now begin to spell, and mind you do it well
G- When I begin to spell, I hope to do it well
L - B,A,D
G - B,A,D
G- L,A,D
L- Very well, very well, very well, very well! What do those letters spell?
G- Indeed I cannot tell!
L- Why bad and lad you goose
G- Why bad and lad you goose!
L- I see 'tis of no use no farther time I'll lose. Go go away, away, go go away away
A,B,C,D! Go go away
G- I;ll go away, away, I'll go away. A,B,C,D!



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