The marriage of the frogge and the mouse (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2014-05-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Edition notes: Scroll down to 21. The Marriage of the Frogge and the Mouse.

General Information

Title: The Marriage of the Frogge and the Mouse
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1611 in Melismata, No. 21.

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Original text and translations

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1. It was the Frogge in the well,
humble dum, humble dum,
And the merrie Mouse in the Mill,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

2. The Frogge would a woing ride,
humble dum, humble dum,
Sword and buckler by his side,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

3. When he was upon his high horse set,
humble dum, humble dum,
His boots they shone as blacke as jet.
tweedle, tweedle twino.

4. When she came to the merry millpin,
humble dum, humble dum,
Lady Mouse beene you within?
tweedle, tweedle twino.

5. Then came out the dusty Mouse,
humble dum, humble dum,
I am Lady of this house,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

6. Hast thou any minde of me?
humble dum, humble dum,
I haue e’ne great minde of thee,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

7. Who shall this marriage make?
humble dum, humble dum,
Our Lord which is the rat,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

8. What shall we haue to our supper?
humble dum, humble dum,
Three beanes in a pund of butter,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

9. When supper they were at,
humble dum, humble dum,
The Frog, the Mouse, and euen the Rat,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

10. Then came in gib our cat,
humble dum, humble dum,
And catcht the mouse euen by the backe,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

11. Then did they separate,
humble dum, humble dum,
And the frog leapt on the floore so flat,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

12. Then came in Dicke our Drake,
humble dum, humble dum,
And drew the frogge euen to the lake,
tweedle, tweedle twino.

13. The Rat run up the wall,
humble dum, humble dum,
A goodly company, the diuell goe with all,
tweedle, tweedle twino.