Here's that will challenge all the Fair, Z 253 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-18)  CPDL #45508:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2017-07-18).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: From The Second Book of the Catch Club or Merry Companions (London: John Walsh, c. 1700).

General Information

Title: Here's that will challenge all the Fair, Z 253
Composer: Henry Purcell

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1673
Description: A catch imitating the sounds of an outdoor fair.

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Original text and translations

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Here's that will challenge all the Fair,
Come buy my nuts and Damsons, my Burgamy Pear;
Here's the Whore of Babylon, the Devil and the Pope,
The Girl is just a-going on the Rope:

Here's Dives and Lazarus, and the World's Creation;
Here's the Dutch Woman, the like's not in the Nation;
Here is the Booth where the tall Dutch Maid is,
Here are Bears that dance like any Ladies:

To-ta, to-ta, tot, goes the little penny Trumpet,
Here's your Jacob Hall that can jump it, jump it:
Sound, Trumpet, sound, a silver Spoon and Forkl
Come, here's your dainty Pig and Pork.