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Song: “Hark! You, my dear, come hither, afford me a...

by Thomas Arne . A Catch for Three voices , in G major


“Hark! You, my dear, come hither, afford me a moment’s delay,
where would you run, say, whither? Shall you and I go to the play?
Nay, don’t be afraid, come, come, you Jade,
come before the gallery’s full,
the play is fine and the pantomime’s Europa astride on a bull,”
“Oh fie Sir, I can’t Sir, Lord! What will the neighbour’s say?
They’d all tell my mother I went with a man to the play,
let me be gone, I tremble, excuse me I now must retreat,
or else be chidden and pinched and drubbed for talking with you in the street,”
“So, Mistress Minx, have I caught you? Hey day! What doings are here?
Come home, you slut, od rot it! Come home and draw my customers’ beer,
Sir, loosen her hand, and go to the Strand,
the market for impudent whores,
if e’er she flirts it with you again, I’ll turn her out of my doors.”

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