A beauteous fair has pierced my heart (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2013-03-22)   CPDL #28599:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2013-03-21).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • CPDL #07380:        (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2004-06-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A Beauteous fair has pierced my heart
Composer: John Wall Callcott

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella originally, piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858)

First published:

Description: A catch for three voices. There are two editions from 2 distinct sources. The edition which appeared in Horsley's collection was "bowdlerised" to remove the lewdness of the original. It also required the initial 8 bars of each part to be sung 3 times, rather than once only as in the original version. For the obsolete meaning of the verb "roger" see the wikipedia entry for that word.

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Original text and translations

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A beauteous fair has pierced [stole] my heart,
‘t was Marianna threw the dart.
Don’t you now my tale betray,
but she is Roger's [Frolic’s] daughter gay.
Does she in yon cottage dwell?
If she does I know her well,