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Hail Poetry!

Hail Poetry!
Video capture from 'Iolanthe' (2012)

During the curtain call of each Durham Savoyards performance, the cast serenades the audience with our Savoyards anthem, "Hail Poetry!" (from The Pirates of Penzance). Veteran Savoyards in the audience usually join in, sharing a reflective moment suffused with memories of past friends and productions, and with eager anticipation of future friends and future productions in the years to follow.

Here's how it sounded at the 2012 production of Iolanthe

You may download the sheet music below if you wish. It is a modern transcription from the original Chappell edition, and is in the public domain.

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Hail Poetry!

Hail, Poetry!


Hail, Poetry!
From The Pirates of Penzance
Words by W. S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan

Hail, Poetry, thou heav'n-born maid!
Thou gildest e'en the pirate's trade.
Hail, flowing fount of sentiment!
All hail, divine emollient!



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