The haughty wife of Jove (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2013-08-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 67 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: The haughty wife of Jove
Composer: John Wall Callcott

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1792
Description: A catch in which a secondary meaning (in this instance gentle non-sexual humour) is revealed in performance. Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

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Original text and translations

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The haughty wife of Jove, in jealous state,
To madness destined wretched Ino's fate;
Some would have cooled great Juno's angry blood,
"But what", said she, "d'ye know of her that's good?"
Ev'n Jove himself was into holes and corners driv'n:
"You're a dirty rascal" rent the heav'n.

Spoiler: revealed phrase "I know. What d'ye know? You're a dirty rascal".