Here dwells a pretty maid (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2021-10-20)  CPDL #66305:  Network.png Network.png
Editor: Joshua Stutter (submitted 2021-10-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2005-11-29)  CPDL #10268:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2005-11-29).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 330 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: One of three different naughty catches from the catch club.

General Information

Title: Here dwells a pretty maid
Composer: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1652 Catch that catch can (John Hilton the younger)
Description: Written for men's voices. Performance of this catch was the reason for Col. Okey to attempt to cashier Capt. Freeman from the New Model Army, 1650.

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Original text and translations

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Here dwells a pretty maid whose name is Sis,
You may come in and kiss:
her whole estate is seventeen pence a year;
Yet you may kiss her, if you come but near.

Spoiler: revealed phrase "You may kiss her (w)hole"