Young Colin cleaving of a beam, Z 291 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2019-05-18)   CPDL #54265:     
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-05-18).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Young Colin cleaving of a beam, Z 291
Composer: Henry Purcell


Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: 3 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: One of Purcell's obscene catches. From The Second Book of the Catch Club or Merry Companions (London: John Walsh, c. 1700).

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Young Collin cleaving of a Beam,
At ev'ry thumping blow cry'd Hem!
And told his Wife who the cause would know,
That Hem made the wedge much farther go.

Plump Joan when at night to Bed they came,
And both were playing at the same,
Cry'd Hem! prethee, prethee, Collin, do,
If ever thou Lovedst me, Dear, Hem now;

He laughing answered, no, no, no,
Some work will split with half a blow;
Beside now I bore,
I Hem when I cleave, but now I bore.