At the close of the evening, Z 599/1 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2005-12-03)  CPDL #10321:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2005-12-03).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 748 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: One of four Catches from the Catch Club on 'millitary matter'.

General Information

Title: A Catch in the Play of the Knights of Malta
Composer: Henry Purcell

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1731 in Catches upon Military Matter, no. 1
Description: From the incidental music to The Knight of Malta.

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Original text and translations

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At the close of the Evening the Watches were set,
the Guards went the Round, and the Ta-ta-ta-to,
Ta-ta-ta-to, Ta-ta-ta-to,
Ta-ta-ta-to, Ta-ta-ta-to,
Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-too was beat.
The Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-too was beat.

But now younder Stars appear in the Sky,
And Ta-ra-ra-ra, Ra-ra-ra-ra,
Ra-ra-ra-ra, Ra-ra-ra-ra,
Ra-ra-ra-ra, Ra-ra-ra-ra,
Ra-ra-ra-ra-ra is sounded on High,
And Ta-ra-ra-ra, Ra-ra-ra-ra,
Ra-ra-ra-ra-ra is sounded on High.

We shall soon be reliev'd
then drink, drink away, then drink away,
then drink, drink, drink away,
here, here's to you, and to you, and to you.
Let us drink, let us drink, till 'tis day,
let, let us drink till 'tis day.