When Arthur first in court began to wear long hanging sleaves (John Wall Callcott)

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  • CPDL #19576:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-05-30).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: When Arthur first in court began to wear long hanging sleaves
Composer: John Wall Callcott

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

First published:

Description: A three part glee. "Usquebaugh" is an old name for "whisky". "Blue cap" beer is still sold and is described as "a dark, strong ale characterized by its full flavour and port-like aroma". For Welsh toasted cheese see the Wikipedia entry for "Welsh rarebit"

External websites: Performance of this work by Newberg High School Men's Ensemble.

Original text and translations

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When Arthur first in Court began
To wear long hanging sleeves
He entertained three serving men
And all of them were thieves.

The first he was an Irishman.
The second was a Scot.
The third he was a Welshman.
And all were knaves I wot.

The Irishman loved usquebaugh,
The Scot loved ale called “blue cap”.
The Welshman he loved toasted cheese
And made his mouth like a mouse-trap.

Usquebaugh burnt the Irishman,
The Scot was drowned in ale,
The Welshman had like to be choked by a mouse,
But he pulled it out by the tail.