As Roger last night to Jenny lay close, Z 242 (Henry Purcell)

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General Information

Title: As Roger last night to Jenny lay close, Z 242
Composer: Henry Purcell

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

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As Roger last night to Jenny lay close,
He pull'd out his Budget and gave her a dose;

The tickling no sooner kind Jenny did find,
But with laughing she Purg'd both before and behind:

"Pox take it," quoth Roger, "he must himself be beside
That gives Pills, Pills against Wind and 'gainst Tide."