American Old Time Song Lyrics: 35 Wanted A Governess

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 35

Home Songster main V01 V02 V03 V04 V05 V06 V07 V08 V09 V10 V11 V12 V13 V14 V15 V16 V17 V18 V19 V20 V21 V22 V23 V24 V25 V26 V27 V28 V29 V30 V31 V32 V33 V34 V35 V36 V37 V38 V39 V40 V41 V42 V43 V44 V45 V46 V47 V48 V49 V50 V51 V52 V53 V54 V55 V56 V57 V58 V59 V60 V61 Support Search



Share page  Visit Us On FB


WANTED A GOVERNESS.
Composed and Sung by John Parry.
Written by George Dubourg, Esq.

I know not a cure so good for the vapors,
As reading the "wants "which appear in the papers;
There's wanted a husband, or "wanted a sample,"
Or "wanted to borrow," but here's an example:
"Wanted a governess" - "Wanted a governess" - "A governess wanted"-
A governess wanted, well fitted to fill
The post of tuition with competent skill,
In a gentleman's family highly genteel,
Where 'tis hoped that the lady will try to conceal
Any fanciful feelings or flights she may feel.
For this gentleman's family's so very genteel, they're so very genteel!

Superior attainments are quite indispensable,
With everything, too, that's correct and ostensible;
Morals of pure unexceptionability;
Manners well formed and of strictest gentility
The pupils are five-ages six to sixteen-
All as promising girls as ever were seen;
And besides (though 'tis scarcely worth while to put that in)
There are two little boys, but they only learn Latin.

Wanted a governess, fitted to fill
The post of tuition with competent skill,
In a gentleman's family highly genteel.
Where, in order that things may go "Toujours Tranquille,"
They seldom express themselves quite as they feel.
For this gentleman's family's so very genteel, they're so very genteel!

The lady must teach all the several branches,
Where into polite education now launches;
She's expected to speak the French tongue like a native,
And be to her pupils of all its points dative;
Italian she must know, of course, nor needs banish
Whatever acquaintance she may have with Spanish;
Nor would there be harm in a trifle of German,
In the absence, that is, of the master, Herr Hermann.
"Wanted a governess," fitted to fill
The post of tuition with competent skill,
In a gentleman's family highly genteel,
Where the lady will find, by attention and zeal,
That she'll scarcely have time to partake of a meal,
For this gentleman's family's so very genteel, they're so very genteel!

The harp and the piano (cela va sans dire),
With thorough bass, too, on the plan of Logier.
In drawing in pencil and chalk, and the tinting
That's called Oriental, she must not be stint in.
She must paint upon paper, on satin and velvet,
And if she knows wax work she'll not need to shelve it.
Dancing, of course, with the newest Gambades,
The Polish Mazurka and best Gallopades;
Arithmetic, history, joined with chronology,
Hereldry, botany, writing, conchology,
Grammar and satin-stitch, netting, geography, astronomy,
Use of the globes and cosmography!

These are the principal matters (an reste).
Address, "J. Z. X. Q. V., Easy Place, West."
As the salary's very moderate, none need apply
Who more on that point than on comfort rely;
But, perhaps, 'twere as well, to make matters shorter,
To mention the terms-namely, five pounds a quarter.

Wanted a governess, well fitted to fill
The post of tuition with competent skill,
Where 'tis wished that the pupils should never be still,
Nor the governess either, be she well or ill­"A governess wanted "-" Wanted a governess."
Download music lyrics PDF file For Printing with (no ads)
Download music lyrics in RTF file For editing / printing with Word and other editing software.
Download music lyrics as PNG Graphic file For inclusion in DTP etc.