The House of Marcus Lycus lyrics

The House of Marcus Lycus

PSEUDOLUS
Lycus, I am now in the market for a lifetime companion. Tell me, have you anything
lying about in there, anything to satisfy and Olympian appetite?

LYCUS
Pseudolus, friend and citizen, I have traveled the world in search of beauty, and I can
say with modesty that I have the finest assortment in Rome.

PSEUDOUS
Show me.

LYCUS
Eunichs! A buyer!

There is merchandise for every need.
At the house of Marcus Lycus.
All the merchandise is guaranteed,
At the house of Marcus Lycus.
For a sense of sensuality
Or an opulance thereof,
Patronize the house of Marcus Lycus,
Merchant of love.

For your most assured approval and your more than possible purchase, here are the
fruits of my search. Behold . . . Tintinabula. Out of the east with the face of an
idol . . . the arms of a willow tree . . . and the pelvis of a camel.

Next, may I present Panacea?
To make her available to you, I outbid the King of Nubia. Panacea, with a face that holds
a thousand promises, and a body that stands behind each promise.

Or consider the Geminae.
A matched pair. Either one a divinely assembled woman, together an infinite number of
mathematical possibilities.

An now, prepare yourself for Vibrata. Vibrata?
Exotic as a desert bloom . . . wonderous as a flamingo . . . lithe as a tigress . . .
for the man whose interest is wild life . . .

And now the ultimate: Gymnasia.
Gymnasia: a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played.

There is mercandise foe every need

GIRLS
At the house of Marcus Lycus.

LYCUS
All the merchandise is guarunteed

GIRLS
At the house of Marcus Lycus.

LYCUS
For a sense of sensibility
And a plethora thereof . . .
One is Ecstasy,
One is Mystery,
One is six foot three,
Two is company --
At the House of Marcus Lycus,
Merchant of Love.

And need I add, as all who are of the house of Lycus, these beauties are well versed
in the arts, proficient at needlework, and surprised at nothing.

6.Lovely


PHILIA
I'm lovely,
All I am is lovely,
Lovely is the one thing I can do.
Winsome,
Radiant as in some,
Dream come true.

Oh,
Isn't it a shame?
I can neither sew,
Nor cook, Nor read or write my name.

But I'm happy
Merely being lovely,
For it's one thing I can give to you.

HERO
Philia . . .

PHILIA
Yes?

HERO
Say my name.

PHILIA
Just say your name?

HERO
Yes.

PHILIA
Very well.
I have forgotten it.

HERO
It's Hero.

PHILIA
Oh, forgive me, Hero. I have no memory for names.

HERO
You don't need it. You don't need anything

You're lovely.
Absolutely lovely.
Who'd believe the lovelyness of you?
Winsome,
Sweet and warm and winsome,
Radiant as in some
Dream come true.

PHILIA
True!

PROTEANS
True!

HERO
Now Venus would seem tame,
Helen and her thousand ships
Would have to die of shame

PROTEANS
Lovely, Lovely
MM-MM-MM

BOTH
And I'm happy,
Happy that you're (I'm) lovely,

For there's one thing loveliness can do;
It's a gift for me to share with you!

Last Update: June, 10th 2013


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