My man John (John Eccles)

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  • (Posted 2021-10-20)  CPDL #66312:  Network.png Network.png (ABC)
Editor: Joshua Stutter (submitted 2021-10-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2006-01-07)  CPDL #10604:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2006-01-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 28 kB   Copyright: Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Minor revision 30 April 2006 to reduce file size. Lyrics are definitely rated for mature singers! PG-17

General Information

Title: My man John
Composer: John Eccles

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Catch from the Purcell (et al.) collection.

External websites:

Original text and translations

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(Spoken:) Maid Mary having broke the handle of her hair broom and hearing that (Manservant John) had a long stick that would fit it, desired him to put it in for her.

1. My man John had a thing that was long,
My maid Mary had a thing that was hairy,
My man John put his thing that was long,
Into my maid Mary's thing that was hairy.

2. My maid Mary then stirr'd it about,
till with stirring and stirring at length it came out,
but then my man John, thrust it in once again,
and knock'd it most stoutly to make it remain.

3. But John with much knocking so widen'd the hole,
that his long thing slip'd out still in spight of his soul,
till weary'd and vex'd and with knocking grown sore,
cry'd a Pox take the Hole for I'll knock it no more.