Joan, quoth John (Richard Nicholson)

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Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2006-08-21)  CPDL #12350:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2006-08-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 161 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: voice 2-5 textunderlay by SMC.

General Information

Title: John quoth Joan
Composer: Richard Nicholson

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: 4 viols if performed as a solo, a cappella if not

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Original text and translations

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"Joan", quoth John, "when will that be?
Tell me, when wilt thou marry me?
My cow and eke my calf and rent,
My land and all my tenement.
Say, Joan, say, Joan, what wilt thou do?
I cannot come every to woo.

"John", quoth Joan, "`is there such haste?
Look ere you leap, lest you make waste.
If haste you have with me to wed,
more belongs to a bride`s bed.
Wherefore thus must you do:
Day and night come every hour to woo.

"John, if you will needs me have,
this is that which I do crave:
To let me have my will in all,
And then with thee I`ll never brawl.
Say, John, shall this be so?
Then you need not come every hour to woo.