Return to with cat-like tread upon our prey we steal (idea)

From the [Gilbert and Sullivan] [Operetta], [Pirates of Penzance]:

CHORUS--PIRATES (very loud)

          With cat-like tread,
               Upon our [prey] we steal;
          In silence dread,
               Our [cautious] way we feel.
          No [sound] at all!
               We never speak a word;
          A fly's foot-fall
               Would be distinctly heard--
POLICE:   (softly)       Tarantara, tarantara!
PIRATES:  So [stealthily] the pirate creeps,
          While all the [household] soundly sleeps.
          Come, friends, who plough the [sea],
               Truce to navigation;
               Take another station;
          Let's vary [piracy]
          With a little [burglary]!
POLICE:   (softly)       Tarantara, tarantara!
SAMUEL:   (distributing [implements] to various members of the
          Here's your [crowbar] and your centrebit,
          Your [life-preserver]--you may want to hit!
          Your silent matches, your dark lantern seize,
          Take your [file] and your skeletonic keys.
POLICE:   Tarantara!
PIRATES:       With cat-like tread
POLICE:   Tarantara!
PIRATES:       in [silence] dread,

          (Enter KING, FREDERIC and RUTH)

ALL (fortissimo).   With cat-like tread, etc.


FREDERIC: Hush, hush!  not a word; I see a light inside!
          The Major-Gen'ral comes, so quickly hide!
PIRATES:       Yes, yes, the Major-General comes!