The Wizard of Oz (RSC version)

Courage! What makes a king out of a slav

Cowardly Lion

The Wizard of Oz (RSC version)

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Age Range
Act Two, Scene Two
Time & Place
Outside the gates of the Emerald City
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Text

Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got?

Harburg, E.Y. The Wizard of Oz (RSC Version), Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., 1987, pp. 90.

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