Samuel Webbe
(1740 - 1816)

Webbe : To market goes Joan : illustration

To market goes Joan
(T.T.T.)
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Included in Warren's seventeenth collection of glees and catches without attribution, this is one of those catches that is more lubricious in performance than the anodyne lyrics might suggest. This edition comprises a modern realisation, and a statement of the piece in its original specialised format.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

To market goes Joan for a new copper kettle
Her spousie remarkably fond of that metal;
"Here is one secondhand, and a pretty one too,
And a bargain it is if you think it will do.
See, see here's a hole, come stop it" quoth Joan,
"For I am in haste and I want to be gone".
"I see it, but that's but a trifle" quoth Tink,
"And a new one will come to a little more chink".