Pianist, thereupon, starts prelude to the Admiral's song, and Harris, seizing what he considers to be a favourable opening in the music, begins.
He honestly imagines that he has given them a treat, and says he will sing another comic song after supper.
And then those two young men got up, and asked us if we had ever heard Herr Slossenn Boschen (who had just arrived, and was then down in the supper-room) sing his great German comic song.
The young men said it was the funniest song that had ever been written, and that, if we liked, they would get Herr Slossenn Boschen, whom they knew very well, to sing it.
I noticed, as the song progressed, that a good many other people seemed to have their eye fixed on the two young men, as well as myself.
He glowered round upon us with a look of such concentrated ferocity that, but for our being forewarned as to the German method of comic singing, we should have been nervous; and he threw such a wailing note of agony into the weird music that, if we had not known it was a funny song, we might have wept.
And we asked the Professor why he didn't translate the song into English, so that the common people could understand it, and hear what a real comic song was like.
It appeared that the song was not a comic song at all.
We looked around for the two young men who had done this thing, but they had left the house in an unostentatious manner immediately after the end of the song.
Serve `em all jolly well right, and I'd go and sing comic songs on the ruins.
But this I do know, that it is an ill thing to do to check the flow of a good song.
Nay, Little John," said Robin, "be not vexed, I prythee; but I have been watching him coming along, bent beneath that great bag over his shoulder, ever since thou didst begin thy song.
Truly," quoth he, after a time, "I think yon fellow is a certain young miller I have seen now and then around the edge of Sherwood; a poor wight, methinks, to spoil a good song about.
Thus with songs and jesting and laughter that echoed through the deeper and more silent nooks of the forest, the night passed quickly along, as such merry times are wont to do, until at last each man sought his couch and silence fell on all things and all things seemed to sleep.