John Wall Callcott
(1766 - 1821)

Callcott : Imperial Rome, the mistress of the world : illustration

Imperial Rome, the mistress of the world
(T.T.T.)
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A catch in which a secondary meaning is revealed in performance (in this instance a paean to Rome becomes voices at a foxhunt).

This edition comprises a modern realisation, and a statement of the piece in its original specialised format.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Imperial Rome, the mistress of the world,
Caesar and Pompey both to ruin hurled;
Its Capitol there saw her master's end
And lofty ranks exclude the name of friend.
Too oft we quarrel, but to shew our might
And bite him, vixen sets e'en dogs to fight.