Samuel Arnold
(1740 - 1802)

Arnold : The Card : illustration

The Card
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One of those catches that is more lubricious in performance than the anodyne lyrics might suggest, inspired by the etiquette of presenting calling-cards. It was published in Warren's fourteenth collection, 1774. This edition comprises a modern realisation, and a statement of the piece in its original specialised format.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

The best compliments of Kate upon Roger do wait,
Requesting him at dinner, and to spend the evening with her.
Roger, much oblig'd to Kate will certainly accept the honour,
To spend the evening tête à tête,
and to dine will wait upon her.
When Kate and Roger met, their joy was then complete;
Quoth Roger: "As 'tis late, I'll spend the night with Kate".