On a summer's morning early (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-09-12).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 242 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: On a summer's morning early
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Anoymouscreate page
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTT
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1786
Description: This catch gained a Catch Club Prize Medal in 1786. This is one of those catches that is more lubricious in performance than the anodyne lyrics might suggest (although the mention of a character named Roger will have warned the seasoned catch-singer of the delights to come).

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Original text and translations

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On a summer's morning early,
Dorcas, and her daughter gay,
Leasing in a field of barley,
Thus with chat beguiled the way:

"Have you, Nancy, thought of marriage,
Roger works both day and night?
Have you marked of late his carriage?
In you, sure, he takes delight".

"In the kitchen, pantry, stable,
Cowhouse, at the garden gate,
He's as willing as he's able,
Roger rogers soon or late".