Alas, cried Damon (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2013-08-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: This edition comprises a modern realisation, and a statement of the piece in its original specialized format. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Alas, cried Damon
Composer: John Wall Callcott

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTT
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1793

Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer Description: A catch in which a secondary meaning (in this instance gentle non-sexual humour) is revealed in performance.

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Original text and translations

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Alas, cried Damon, wishing for a wife,
I cannot, will not, singly pass my life.
Ah Delia, let my ardent sighs prevail;
You can but hear, and then reject my tale.
And if with smiles you cheer my hapless fate,
O triumph, Delia, in my altered state.

Spoiler: revealed phrase "I cannot sing. Try, O try. I can't. You can."