THE RING MASTER
or 'The Circus Master'
 
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In a Circus, I, a Ring Master am,
Master am, Master am,
In our corps is a beautiful girl called Nan,
Who has ta'en my heart by storm;
She really is so graceful,
In face, also in form;
You'II always find the place full,
When she has to perform.

Chorus: As round the ring she goes,
Pointing her lovely toes;
She is the cause of loud applause,.
When she her agility shows.

My heart it goes pit-a-pat of course.
With dreadful force, with dreadful force,
As I assist her to mount her horse,
Then loudly crack my whip;
All fear I know she scorns,
As she proudly curls her lip:
Tho' I stand as if on thorns,
ln case the darling makes a slip.

Chorus:

She's known to the Public as Mademoiselle -
Mademoiselle C. L' Estelle
Her proper name it is Nancy Bell,
Her mothers is the same;
The applause tremendous sounds -
As I announce her name,
Then in the Ring she bounds
And my heart it does the same.

Chorus:

After an act she makes a pause,
Makes a pause, which always draws
From the crowded audience loud applause,
That makes the Circus ring:.
The Clown then cracks his wheezes,
Or a song perhaps he'll sing;
And says if the lady pleases
He'll some refreshment bring.

Chorus:

Altho' I offer'd that girl my hand,
That girl my hand, I understand;
She's going to be married to one of the band:
At ten on Wednesdee
I wish them both success, and
She happy ought to be;
If she's loved by her husband,
As she's adored by me.

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by Arthur Lloyd - 1873
Performed by Arthur Lloyd (1840 - 1904)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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