My Lady's coachman John, Z 260 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-11) CPDL #45391:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2017-07-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: My Lady's coachman John, Z 260
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: 3 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c. 1700
Description: One of Purcell's obscene catches. From The Catch Club or Merry Companions (London: John Walsh, c. 1700).

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Original text and translations

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My Lady's coachman John, be'ng married to her Maid,
Her Ladyship did hear on't and to him thus she said:

"I never had a wench so handsome in my life;
I prithee therefore tell me, how got you such a wife?"

John star'd her in the face and answered very blunt:
"E'en as my Lord got you." "How's that?" "Why, by the ——."