Imperial Rome, the mistress of the world (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2013-08-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 66 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: Imperial Rome, the mistress of the world
Composer: John Wall Callcott

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1792

Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer
Description: A catch in which a secondary meaning is revealed in performance (in this instance a paean to Rome becomes voices at a foxhunt).

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Original text and translations

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Imperial Rome, the mistress of the world,
Caesar and Pompey both to ruin hurled;
Its Capitol there saw her master's end
And lofty ranks exclude the name of friend.
Too oft we quarrel, but to shew our might
And bite him, vixen sets e'en dogs to fight.

Spoiler: revealed phrase "Bite him Vixen, Caesar, Pompey. It's capital!"