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Rhoda and her pagoda
Additional title: Rhoda Rye was a London lass, taking and trim and tiny. [first line of song]
Additional title: Rhoda, Rhoda ran a pagoda, selling tea and syrup and soda. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: San Toy. Rhoda and her pagoda. [uniform title]
Monckton, Lionel, 1861-1924 (Composer)
Ross, Adrian, 1859-1933 (Lyricist)
Brown, Chamberlain (Former owner)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Place: Cincinnati ; Chicago; New York ; [etc.]
Publisher: The John Church Company
Library locations
Music Division
Aristocracy (Social class)
Social classes
Chinese -- Men -- To 1899
Content: Collective cover page: Selections from San Toy, the new Chinese musical comedy, book by Edward Morton, music by Sidney Jones.
Content: Cover contains signature of former owner at top right: Chamberlain Brown.
Content: Cover design includes drawing of two Asian men, one holding a banner emblazoned with title information, and the other holding a banner containing publisher information.
Content: Summary: Rhoda Rye dons a Chinese costume and sets up a pagoda in London from which to sell tea and Chinese goods; the people of London go to her shop for tea; a duke comes and flirts with her so Rhoda closes the pagoda, since he has become a Lady and is part of the upper class.
Statement of responsibility: words by Adrian Ross ; music by Lionel Monckton.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10826013
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21736880
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21738653
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7fa01540-c595-012f-59b7-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1861: Creator Born
  • 1899: Issued
  • 1924: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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Chicago/Turabian Format

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APA Format

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Wikipedia Citation

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Rhoda and her pagoda