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 gang) 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. RECIT 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!