A Catch that is Merry and Gay (William Hayes)

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Editor: Joshua Stutter (submitted 2021-10-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A Catch that is Merry and Gay
Composer: William Hayes
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: 3 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A capella

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Original text and translations

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A catch that is merry and gay,
when voices are rightly in tune,
will clear up the most gloomy day,
and turn a November to June,

Come then my good friends let us try,
to banish all sorrow and care,
let no man complain he's a dry,
when the bottle and glass are so near,

Since music and wine thus agree,
leave riches to Clive the Nabob,
we're richer and happier than he,
who thus in a catch bear a bob.