Young John the Gard'ner, Z 292 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-11) CPDL #45407:     
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2017-07-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: From The Catch Club or Merry Companions (London: John Walsh, c. 1700).

General Information

Title: Young John the Gard'ner, Z 292
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: 4 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1683

Description: One of Purcell's obscene catches.

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Original text and translations

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Young John the Gard'ner, having lately got
A very rich and fertile Garden Plot,

Bragging to Joan, quoth he: "So rich a Ground
For Melons cannot in the World be found."

"That's a damn'd lie," quoth Joan, "for I can tell
A place that does your Garden far excel."

"Where's that?" says John; "In mine Arse," quoth Joan, for there
Is store of Dung and Water all the Year."