A poor soul sat under a sycamore tree (Anonymous)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-04-01). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 277 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: This edition comprises a modern realisation, and a statement of the piece in its original specialised format.
First published: c.1779 in Warren's twelfth collection
Description: One of those catches that is more lubricious in performance than the anodyne lyrics might suggest.
Original text and translations
A poor soul sat under a sycamore tree;
She turn'd up her eyes in the grief of her heart,
Lamenting to Roger his base treachery.
Her bumpkin stood by her and well play'd his part.
He labour'd to prove her as fickle as he;
He put it home to her with wond'rous art.