Of all the instruments, Z 263 (Henry Purcell)
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Title: Of all the instruments
Composer: Henry Purcell
First published: 1693
Description: The humour of this item derives not from revealed obscenity (unless a "wet zingle" is an obscure term of sexual reference) but from the (even more) nugatory device of onomatopoeia.
Original text and translations
Of all the instruments that are,
None can with the viol compare.
Mark how the strings their order keep,
With a "whet, whet, whet" and a "sweep, sweep, sweep".
But above all, this still abounds,
With a "Zingle, zing" and a "zit zat zounds".