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Major-General's Song by Gilbert And Sullivan

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I am the (1)________ model of a modern Major-General
I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral
I know the kings of England
And I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical
I'm very (2)________ acquainted, too, with matters mathematical
I (3)____________________ equations, both the simple and quadratical
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news
(Hmm, lot of news.... Got it!)
With many (4)________________ facts
About the square of the hypotenuse
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I'm very good at integral and differential calculus
I know the scientific names of beings animalculous
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
I am the (5)________ model of a modern Major-General
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I know our mythic history
King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's
I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox
I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus
In (6)____________ I can floor (7)__________________________ parabolous
I can tell undoubted
Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies
I know the (8)________________ chorus
From The Frogs of Aristophanes
Then I can hum a fugue
Of which I've heard the music's din afore
(Ooh, din afore, din afore... Got it!)
And whistle all the airs
From (9)________ infernal nonsense Pinafore
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Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform
And tell you every (10)____________ of Caractacus's uniform
In short, in (11)______________ vegetable, animal, and mineral
I am the (12)________ (13)__________ of a modern Major-General
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In fact
When I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin"
When I can (14)________ at sight a (15)____________ (16)__________ from a javelin
When such affairs as sorties
And surprises I'm more (17)________ at
And when I know precisely
What is meant by "commissariat"
When I have learnt
What (18)________________ has been made in modern gunnery
When I (19)________ (20)________ of tactics than a (21)____________ in a nunnery
In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy
(Oh, that's a hard one, strategy... Got it!)
You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a-gee
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For my military knowledge
Though I'm plucky and adventury
Has only been brought down
To the (22)__________________ of the century
But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
I am the very model of a modern Major-General
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(One more time?!)
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In fact
When I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin"
When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin
When such (23)______________ as sorties
And (24)__________________ I'm more wary at
And when I know precisely
What is meant by "commissariat"
When I (25)________ learnt
What progress has been made in modern gunnery
When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery
In short, when I've a (26)____________________ of (27)__________________ strategy
You'll say a better Major-General has never rode a horse!
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For my military knowledge
Though I'm plucky and adventury
Has only (28)________ brought down
To the beginning of the century
But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral
I am the very (29)__________ of a modern Major-General!
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Answers:
(1) very(2) well(3) understand(4) cheerful(5) very(6) conics(7) peculiarities(8) croaking(9) that(10) detail(11) matters(12) very(13) model(14) tell(15) Mauser(16) rifle(17) wary(18) progress(19) know(20) more(21) novice(22) beginning(23) affairs(24) surprises(25) have(26) smattering(27) elemental(28) been(29) model