'Tis too late for a coach, Z 280 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2022-06-11)  CPDL #69665:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2022-06-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 62 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: 'Tis too late for a coach, Z 280
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 comic catches. From The Second Book of the Catch Club or Merry Companions (London: John Walsh, c. 1700).

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Original text and translations

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'Tis too late for a Coach, and too soon to reel home,
We have freedom to stagger when the Town is our own;

Let's whirl it away, and whip Sixpences round,
Till the Drawers are foundered, and the Hogshead does sound:

The Glass stays with you, Tom, save your Tide, pull away,
One minute of Midnight is worth a whole Day.