Alas, cried Damon (John Wall Callcott)
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Title: Alas, cried Damon
Composer: John Wall Callcott
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.
Original text and translations
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."