So, what's with the gander?
OK. It's a horrid pun on G and S, but there are references to geese in the operas.
Tessa sings that "Every goose becomes a swan" in The Gondoliers and Katisha claims she is "a silly little goose!" (if a teeny bit bloodthirsty) in Mikado.
Plenty more birds to find. Can you identify the operas these ornithological gems come from?
- Into it we throw - Cock who doesn’t crow!
- And if any were fond of pigeon shooting - He'd ask them down to his place at Tooting.
- His Lordship is constitutionally as blithe as a bird
- In tendency to fall in love, resemble I the amorous dove?
- Jackdaws strut in peacock’s feathers. - - Storks turn out to be but logs
- Man is of no kind of use – Man’s a donkey – Man’s a goose
- After, say, a month or two - Robin did as Robins do
- Not at all, the crowing’s done by an accomplished hen!
- Now what would be the good of that? Why, you goose, I should marry again within a month!
- Oh, why did you go and defy us, you great geese!
- On a tree by a river a little tom-tit
- The languid loves - Of turtle doves - These simple joys are all at hand
- Upon thy breast - My loving head would rest - As on her nest - The tender turtle dove
- When maiden loves, she mopes apart - As owl mopes on a tree
- At once distrust you surely lull - And rook the pigeon and the gull