Dol-orous Ditty (Anonymous)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 388 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Dol-orous Ditty
Composer: Anonymous
Arranger: John Piersol McCaskey
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1892 Harper & Bros.

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Original text and translations

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Oh, dear me, with all its goodness,
Sally’s doll is only woodness;
Bona fides, quadra rides,
Nelly’s is but bran;
Fi fo fiddle fum fee, fagendo,
Nelly’s baby’s all ragendo,
For repairs where I sendo?
To the tinker man.

Oh, taos, tapos, torus, taxen,
Dora’s doll is wholly waxen,
Hair all yellow like a Saxon,
Eyes one blue, one gray;
Weight of lead nor weight of feather,
Norah’s doll is made of leather,
Warranted for any weather
But a rainy day.

De circa, cerebellum, centum,
Laura’s doll, it cost argentum,
But she drops it with momentum
When she runs away;
August, Mars, July, and Juno!
There’s my doll torn up by Bruno,
Naughty doggie, little you know!
What will mamma say!