The Pope he is a happy man, His Palace is the Vatican, And there he sits and drains his can: The Pope he is a happy man. I often say when I'm at home, I'd like to be the Pope of Rome. And then there's Sultan Saladin, That Turkish Soldan full of sin; He has a hundred wives at least, By which his pleasure is increased: I've often wished, I hope no sin, That I were Sultan Saladin. But no, the Pope no wife may choose, And so I would not wear his shoes; No wine may drink the proud Paynim, And so I'd rather not be him: My wife, my wine, I love, I hope, And would be neither Turk nor Pope.
- by William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 - 1863), as Mr. M. A. Titmarsh, "Commanders of the Faithful", appears in Rebecca and Rowena [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by William Platt (b. 1867), "Commanders of the Faithful", published 1895? [voice and piano], from Six songs [text not verified]
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