The Cats (William Lawes)

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  • (Posted 1999-11-12)  CPDL #00507:  Network.png
Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 1999-11-12).   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Cats
Composer: William Lawes

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSB or STB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

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Original text and translations

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The cats as other creatures do
use to swagger, and make love too.
And in the dark and coldest night,
These Jeffry Lyons use to fight;
Then they cry, “mew”, “puss”,
but the cruel’st battle far,
was lately fought at Temble bar,
upon the tiles o’the house there;
Where Bolo Sir Bore Cat was heard to swear:
“The slave that courts my puss shall die.”
To whom Sir Sharp Nail gives the lie.
Then they cry, “mew”, “puss”
And so they fiercely both sides join,
asking, “who shall die tear that coat and mine?”
“Though and I”, thus they cry, “mew”,
still they cry, “mew”.