SUIT THE ACTION TO THE WORD
 
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There is nothing in creation more essential to a nation
Than the art of declamation, sentences should not be slurred
Let no wild gesticulation mar a maiden peroration
Master well the situation, suit the action to the word.

Chorus: If the language be particularly choice let every syllable be heard
Then with measured cadence modulate you voice
Suit the action to the word.


If you say, 'Love I adore you see me pleading here before you
Tell me darling, I implore you, has it not to you occurred
That, although I have not told you in thses arms I long to fold you
Going to faint!Ah! let me hold you.' Suit the action to the word.

Chorus:When she's in your arms the chance you must not miss
Or you will have sadly erred
If you do not, after hinting at a kiss, suit the action to the word.


If a cabman should abuse you (This of course will not amuse you)
Than if he should roughly use you and he'll do so like a bird
As he's turning green and yellow, say, 'Look here you cheeky fellow
For your pains I'll make you bellow.' Suit the action to the word.

Chorus: If before the beak he says, 'You 'it me fust.'
Say, 'your Worship that's absurd!'
When a Cabby says, 'I'll dot you on the crust.'
Suit the action to the word.


If you give a recitation for the masses elevation
(Oft a mad infatuation) mind you do not get the 'bird'
Should you hear the Piltites hissing start at once your fingers kissing
If the brickbats you'd be missing, suit the action to the word.

Chorus: Say, 'I'm grateful for attentions I've received.'
(Just as if you had not heard)
Of your presence say it's time they were relieved,
Suit the action to the word.


If a tipsy man accost you saying he has somehow lost you
Claims a drink for which he's tossed you, say, 'Well this is too absurd.'
Should his mien be pugilistic strike an attitude that's mystic
Threaten him in manner fistic, suit the action to the word.

Chorus: To' you may not understand the noble art, look as if by passion stirred
Then before he's time to think or make a start,
Suit the action to the word.
 
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Written and composed by Albert Chevalier & Auguste Van Biene - 1889
Performed by Albert Chevalier (1861-1923)
 
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