Full bags, a brisk Bottle, Z 249 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-11) CPDL #45411:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2017-07-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Full bags, a brisk Bottle, Z 249
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Cob. Allistreecreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c. 1700
Description: One of Purcell's obscene catches. From The Catch Club or Merry Companions (London: John Walsh, c. 1700).

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Full Bags, a brisk Bottle, and a Beautiful Face,
Are the three greatest Blessings poor Mortals embrace,

But alas, we grow Muckworms if Bags do but fill,
And a bonny gay Dame often ends in a Pill:

Then hey for brisk Claret, whose Pleasures ne'er waste,
By a Bumper we're rich, and by two we are chaste.