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but is soon moved by his story of a bird who died of heartbreak (“Tit-willow”). She agrees (“There is beauty in the bellow of the blast”) and, once the ceremony is performed (by Pooh-Bah, the Registrar), she begs for the Mikado’s mercy for him and his accomplices. Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum then reappear, sparking Katisha’s fury. The Mikado is astonished that Nanki-Poo is alive, as the account of his execution had been given with such “affecting particulars”. Ko-Ko explains that when a royal command for an execution is given, the victim is, legally speaking, as good as dead, “and if he is dead, why not say so?”[n 3] The Mikado deems that “Nothing could possibly be more satisfactory”, and everyone in Titipu celebrates (“For he’s gone and married Yum-Yum”). PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS (plus Chorus) • The Mikado of Japan • Nanki-Poo (his Son, disguised as a wandering minstrel, in love with Yum-Yum) • Ko-Ko (Lord High Executioner of Titipu) • Pooh-Bah (Lord High everything else) • Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo (Three Sisters - Wards of Ko-Ko) • Katisha (and elderly Lady, in love with Nanki-Poo MUSICAL NUMBERS OVERTURE 1. CHORUS OF MEN (If you want to know who we are) 2. SONG AND CHORUS (Nanki-Poo) (A wand'ring minstrel I) 3. SONG (Pish-Tush and Chorus) (Our great Mikado, virtuous man) 4. SONG (Pooh-Bah, with Nanki-Poo and Pish) (Young man, despair likewise go to) 4a. RECIT. (NankiPoo and Pooh-Bah) (And have I journey'd for a month) 5. CHORUS WITH SOLO (Ko-Ko) (Behold the Lord High Executioner !) 5a. SONG (Ko-Ko, with Chorus of Men) (As some day it may happen) 6. CHORUS OF GIRLS (Comes a train of little ladies) 7. TRIO (Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, and Pitti-Sing, with Chorus of Girls) (Three little maids from school are we) 8. QUARTET (Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, Pitti-Sing and Pooh-Bah, with Chorus of Girls) (So please you, sir, we much regret) 9. DUET (Yum- Yum and Nanki-Poo) (Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted) 10. TRIO (Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah and Pish-Tush) (I am so proud) 11. FINALE, ACT I (With aspect stern and gloomy stride) 12. SOLO (Pitti-Sing and Chorus of Girls) (Braid the raven hair) 13. SONG (Yum-Yum) (The sun, whose rays are all ablaze) 14. MADRIGAL (Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing, Nanki-Poo, and Pish-Tush) (Brightly dawns our wedding day) 15. TRIO (Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo, and Ko-Ko) (Here's a how-de-do! If I marry you) 16. ENTRANCE OF MIKADO AND KATISHA (Mi-ya-sa-ma, mi-ya-sa-ma) 17. SONG (Mikado and Chorus) (A more humane Mikado never did in Japan exist) 18. TRIO AND CHORUS (Pitti-Sing, Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Chorus) (The criminal cried as he dropped him down) 19. GLEE (Pitti-Sing, Katisha, Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Mikado) (See how the Fates their gifts allot) 20. DUET (Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko, with Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing, and Pooh-Bah) (The flowers that bloom in the spring) 21. RECIT. AND SONG (Katisha) (Alone, and yet alive) 22. SONG (Ko-Ko) (On a tree by a river, a little Tom-tit sang, Willow, tit-willow) 23. DUET (Katisha and Ko-Ko) (There is beauty in the bellow of the blast) 24. FINALE, ACT II (For he's gone and married Yum-Yum)