by William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan
EXT: QUARTER-DECK OF H.M.S. PINAFORE. SAILORS, LED BY BOATSWAIN, DISCOVERED CLEANING BRASSWORK, SPLICING ROPE, ETC.
For I'm called Little Buttercup-dear Little Buttercup,
Though I could never tell why,
But still I'm called Buttercup-poor little Buttercup,
Sweet Little Buttercup I!
I've snuff and tobaccy, and excellent jacky,
I've scissors, and watches, and knives
I've ribbons and laces to set off the faces
Of pretty young sweethearts and wives.
I've treacle and toffee, I've tea and I've coffee,
Soft tommy and succulent chops;
I've chickens and conies, and pretty polonies,
And excellent peppermint drops.
Then buy of your Buttercup-dear Little Buttercup;
Sailors should never be shy;
So, buy of your Buttercup-poor Little Buttercup;
Come, of your Buttercup buy!