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The Beggar's Opera   

Nassau Street Theatre, (12/03/1750 - 5/13/1751)
First Preview: Total Previews: 0
Opening Date: Dec 03, 1750    
Closing Date: May 13, 1751 Total Performances: 5

Category: Musical, Drama, Operetta, Original, Broadway
Description: An operetta in three acts
Setting: London, 1728.
Comments: Performed December 10, 1750; January 15, 1751; January 21, 1751; February 18, 1751; and May 13 1751.

music by John Gay; lyrics by John Gay
ACT 1 Sung By
Through all the Employments of Life Peachum
'Tis Woman that seduces all Mankind Filch
If any Wench Venus's Girdle wear Mrs. Peachum
If Love the Virgin's Heart invade Mrs. Peachum
A Maid is like the golden Oar Mrs. Peachum
Virgins are like the fair Flower in its Lustre Polly Peachum
Our Polly is a sad Slut! nor heeds what we have taught her Mrs. Peachum
Can Love be controul'd by Advice? Polly Peachum
O Polly, you might have toy'd and kist Mrs. Peachum and Polly Peachum
I, like a Ship in Storms, was tost Polly Peachum
A Fox may steal your Hens, Sir Peachum
Oh, ponder well! Be not severe Polly Peachum
The Turtle thus with plaintive crying Polly Peachum
Pretty Polly, say Macheath and Polly Peachum
My Heart was so free Macheath
Were I laid on Greenland's Coast Macheath and Polly Peachum
O what Pain it is to part! Polly Peachum and Macheath
The Miser thus a Shilling sees Macheath and Polly Peachum
ACT 2 Sung By
Fill ev'ry Glass, for Wine inspires us Matt of the Mint and Chorus
Let us take the Road Matt of the Mint and Chorus
If the Heart of a Man is deprest with Cares Macheath
Youth's Season made for Joys Macheath and Ladies' Chorus
Before the Barn-door crowing Jenny Diver
The Gamesters and Lawyers are Jugglers alike Jenny Diver
At the Tree I shall suffer with pleasure Macheath
Man may escape from Rope and Gun Macheath
Thus when a good Huswife sees a Rat Lucy Lockit
How cruel are the Traytors Lucy Lockit
The first time at the Looking-glass Macheath
When you censure the Age Lockit and Peachum
Is then his Fate decreed, Sir? Lucy Lockit
You'll think e'er many days ensue Lockit
If you at an Office solicit your Due Macheath
Thus when the Swallow, seeking Prey Polly Peachum
How happy could I be with either Macheath
I'm bubbled Polly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Cease your Funning Polly Peachum
Why how now, Madam Flirt? Lucy Lockit and Polly Peachum
No Power on Earth can e'er divide Polly Peachum
I like the Fox shall grieve Lucy Lockit
ACT 3 Sung By
When Young at the Bar you first taught me to score Lucy Lockit
My Love is all Madness and Folly Lucy Lockit
Thus Gamesters United in Friendship are found Lockit
The Modes of the Court so common are grown Macheath
What Gudgeons are we Men! Lockit
In the Days of my Youth I could bill like a Dove, fa, la, la, &c. Mrs. Trapes
I'm like Skiff on the ocean tost Lucy Lockit
When a Wife's in her Pout Lucy Lockit
A Curse attends that Woman's Love Polly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Among the Men, Coquets we find Polly Peachum
Come, sweet Lass Lucy Lockit
Hither, dear Husband, turn your Eyes Polly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Which way shall I turn me?- How can I decide? Macheath
When my Hero in Court appears Polly Peachum
When he holds up his Hand arraign'd for his Life Lucy Lockit
Ourselves, Like the Great, to secure a Retreat Lockit
The Charge is prepar'd; The Lawyers are met Macheath
O cruel, cruel, cruel Case Macheath
Of All the Friends in time of Grief Macheath
Since I must Swing, -I scorn, I scorn to wince or whine
But now again my Spirits sink
But Valour the stronger grows
If thus- A Man can die
So I drink off this Bumper.- And now I can stand the Test
But can I leave my pretty Hussies
Their Eyes, their lips, their Busses
Since Laws were made for ev'ry degree
Would I might be hang'd! Lucy Lockit, Polly Peachum, Macheath and Chorus
Thus I stand like the Turk, with his Doxies around Macheath and Chorus