Whene'er my dame a-hedging goes (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2013-05-13).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: Personal
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: Whene'er my dame a-hedging goes
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Anonymous , probably the composer

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1788
Description: This is one of those catches that is more lubricious in performance than the anodyne lyrics might suggest.

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Original text and translations

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Whene'er my dame a-hedging goes
She gets a little prick between her toes.
And then, alas, she loudly cries,
For the anguish spreads above her thighs.
While ev'ry remedy I can obtain
Is not enough to ease her pain.

Spoiler: revealed phrase "A little prick between her thighs is not enough"