The family quarrel (Thomas Arne)
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Title: The Family Quarrel
Composer: Thomas Arne
Lyricist: Anon, probably the composer
Description: This catch was awarded a Catch Club prize medal in 1764.
Original text and translations
Good neighbours, be quiet; let me part the fray.
Come, kiss and be friends; drive discord away.
He's a rascal, a pimp, a poor fripp'ry Jack;
That gives me no vittles, nor clothes to my back.
Oh! You vixen, you brimstone! How dare you to rail?
Like a squirrel, you cover your back with your tail.
Well what if I do? Sure, this may atone:
My tail covers your back, as well as my own.