A ditty on a high amour at St. James (Andreas Stenberg)

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  • (Posted 2014-05-29)  CPDL #32133:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2014-05-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 369 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This work is free for non commercial use. Please inform me (as a courtesy) if you are going to perform this setting. The LilyPond source file is included only to make production of rehersal midis possible. Tampering with score in any other way or re-arrangement only on explicit permission from the composer.

General Information

Title: A Ditty on a high amour at St. James
First Line: Great lord frog to lady mouse
Composer: Anonymous
Arranger: Andreas Stenberg

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1719 in Pills to Purge Melancholy, Volume 1, p. 14
    2nd published: 2014
Description: Melody and Text from: Pills to purge Melancholy vol. 1. 1719. The version of 1719 is in G, and starts 67U123(2)35-5D5556765.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

A Ditty on a high amour at St. James's
Set to a comical tune.

Great Lord Frog to Lady Mouse

1  Croakledom hee Croakledom ho;
Dwelling near Saint James' House,
Cocky mi Chari she;
Rode to make his Court one day,
In the merry Month of May,
When the Sun Shon bright and gay,
Twiddle come Tweedle twee.

Lord Frog:
2  Sing I can’t, my Voice is low
Croakledom hee Croakledom ho;
But for Dancing dare Santlow,
Cocky mi Chari she:
Than altho' my Bum be bare,
All must own ’tis smooth and fair;
I've no Scars of Venus there,
Twiddle come Tweedle twee.-

Lady Mouse:

3  When we treat you at our Cheese,
Croakledom hee Croakledom ho;
All that naked part one sees,
Cocky mi Chari me:
Cover'd clofe we creep and crawl,
When you swim or diving fall:
Fy for shame, you shew us all,
Twiddle come Tweedle twee.

Lord Frog:
4  Since y' are on these lofty strains,
Croakledom hee Croakledom ho;
I'll get one shall value brains,
Cocky mi Chari she;
Lady Mouse:

4b  Now your Lordhship idle prates,
Those that will have constant mates;
Must have Tails as well as Pates,
Twiddle come Tweedle twee.

(The original text has more stanzas.)