Dame Durden (Henry Harington)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-10-17).   Score information: A4, 2 pages   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Dame Durden
Composer: Henry Harington

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First

Description: A popular glee, adopted by folk singers such as the Copper family.

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Original text and translations

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Dame Durden kept five serving girls
To carry the milking pail;
She also kept five labouring men
To use the spade and flail.

'Twas Moll and Bet, and Doll and Kate, and Dorothy Draggletail,
And John and Dick, and Joe and Jack, and Humphrey with his flail.
'Twas John kiss'd Molly,
And Dick kiss'd Betty,
And Joe kiss'd Dolly,
And Jack kiss'd Katty,
And Dorothy Draggletail,
And Humphrey with his flail,
And Kitty was a charming girl to carry the milking pail.

Dame Durden in the morn so soon
She did begin to call:
To rouse her servants, maids and men,
She then began to bawl.
‘Twas Moll and Bet…

'Twas on the morn of Valentine,
The birds began to prate,
Dame Durden's servants, maids and men,
They all began to mate.
‘Twas Moll and Bet…