The family quarrel (Thomas Arne)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-08-20).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The current edition eschews the catch format, and is written out in full. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: The Family Quarrel
Composer: Thomas Arne
Lyricist: Anon, probably the composer

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTTT
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: This catch was awarded a Catch Club prize medal in 1764.

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Good neighbours, be quiet; let me part the fray.
Come, kiss and be friends; drive discord away.

He's a rascal, a pimp, a poor fripp'ry Jack;
That gives me no vittles, nor clothes to my back.

Oh! You vixen, you brimstone! How dare you to rail?
Like a squirrel, you cover your back with your tail.

Well what if I do? Sure, this may atone:
My tail covers your back, as well as my own.