Bold Turpin (John Frederick Bridge)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-27)  CPDL #75807:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-27).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 718 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Faithful to the 1889 Novello publication for SATB.
  • (Posted 2021-02-24)  CPDL #63138:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-02-24).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 271 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Bold Turpin
Composer: John Frederick Bridge
Lyricist: Charles Dickens

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or ATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Instruments: A cappella

First published:
    2nd published: 1915 Novello and Co.
Description: Inscribed to his friend, E. H. Turpin Esq., Hon. Sec. College of Organists. Romance song sung by Sam Weller in Pickwick Papers.

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Original text and translations

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Bold Turpin vance, on Hounslow Heath,
His black mare Bess bestrode-er;
Ven there he see'd the Bishop's coach
Acoming along the roader.
So he gallops close to the orse's legs.
And he claps his head vithin;
And the Bishop says, "Sure as eggs is eggs,
This here's the bold Turpin."
Says Turpin, "You shall eat you words,
With a sarse of leaden bullet;"
So he puts a pistol to his mouth,
And he fires it down his gullet.
The coachman he not likin' the job,
Set off at a full gallop,
But Dick put a couple of balls in his nob,
And pervailed on him to stop.