10 catches (Henry Purcell)

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  • CPDL #15186:        (Finale 2002)
Editor: Benoît Huwart (submitted 2007-10-14).   Score information: A4 (landscape), 6 pages, 144 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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Of all the instruments

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Sir Walter enjoying

  • CPDL #19393:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2009-05-03).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: 10 catches
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: 4 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella

Published: 1730

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Original text and translations

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(1st part – 1730):
Tis women makes us love - (Catch Club - 1/4)
Tis women makes us love
Tis Love that makes us sad,
Tis sadness makes us drink,
And drinking makes us mad.


The Nut-brown Lass - (Catch Club - 1/5)
A Health, a health to the Nut-brown Lass
with the Hazle Hyes,
She that has good Eyes has also good Thighs,
let it pays, let it pays.
As much to the livelier Gray,
They're as good by night as day,
She that has good Eyes has also good Thighs,
Drink away, drink away.
I'll pledge, Sir, I'll pledge,
What ho some wine, here some wine to mine,
And to thine, to thine, to thine,
And to mine the Colours are Divine.
But Oh, the black eyes,
the black give me as much again,
And let it be Sack.
She that has good Eyes has also good Thighs,
And a better knack.

When V and I together meet - (Catch Club - 1/8)
When V and I together meet,
We make up 6 in house or Street,
Yet I and V may meet once more,
And then we 2 can make but 4,
But when that V from I am gone,
Alas poor I can make but one.

Of all the instruments - (Catch Club - 1/13)
Of all the Instruments,
All all all the instruments that are,
none none none none
none none none none
none none none
With the Viol can compare.
mark mark mark mark
How the strings,
How the strings their order keep
With whet whet whet
whet whet whet whet
whet whet whet whet
whet and a sweep sweep sweep
But above all all all all all all all,
This still abounds,
With a zingle zingle zingle
zingle zingle zingle
zingle zingle zing,
And a zit zan zounds.

He that drinks is Immortal - (Catch Club - 2/12)
He that drinks is Immortal,
He that drinks is Immortal,
And can never decay,
For wine still supplys,
For wine still supplys,
what Age wears away.
How can he be Dust,
How can he be Dust,
That moistens his clay?

 

A health to honest Rudy Roger Hewett - (Catch Club - 1/32)
Here's a health, a health,
Pray let it pass about.
A health that ne'er shall cease
Till all our Wine is out.
Therefore drink away,
And never let it stand,
But ply it closely round
From hand to hand,
And eagerly, and bravely,
With courage thus persue it,
For tis a health, a health,
To honest Ruddy Roger Hewett.

(2nd part – 1733):
Room, room, room ( The siege of Limerick ) - (Catch Club - 2/8)
Room, room, room, room, room for the express,
At length here it comes;
Limrick's our own,
Limrick's our own,
Be it known,
Be it known to all Grums.
Hark! Hark! Hark!
The guns of the tower ring,
Ring it in peals,
We'll drink round the Bonfires,
We'll drink round the Bonfires,
Huzza, Huzza to the Bells,
to our conquering Army loud Praises,
Loud Praises let's sing,
And now Monsieur Frenchman,
And now Monsieur Frenchman,
Have at you,
Have at you next Spring.

Sweet Sir Walter - (Catch Club - 2/12)
Sir Walter, enjoying his Damsel one night,
He tickl'd and pleas'd her to so great a height,
that she could not contain t'wards the end of the matter,
but in Rapture cry'd out, O sweet sir Walter,
O sweet Sir Walter, O sweet Sir Walter,
O sweet Sir, sweet Sir Walter, O switter swatter,
O switter swatter, O switter swatter,
O switter swatter, O switter swatter.

Five reasons we should drink - (Catch Club - 2/16)
If all be true that I do think
there are Five Reasons,
there are Five Reasons we should Drink:
Good wine, A friend, or being Dry,
Or least we should be by and by,
Or any other Reason,
Or any other Reason;
Or any other Reason why,
any Reason why.

Let us drink to our wives - (Catch Club - 2/46)
Once in our lives,
let us drink to our Wives,
Tho' their numbers be but small;
Heav'n take the best,
And the Devil take the rest,
And so we shall get rid of them all:
To this hearty wish,
Let each man take his dish,
And drink, drink till he fall.