Frederick W. Sternfeld and David Greer (eds), English Madrigal Verse: 1588–1632 (Third Edition)

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pg 242Editor’s NotexxiThe Marriage of the Frog and the Mouse

  • 1It was the frog in the well,
  • 2     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 3And the merry mouse in the mill,
  • 4     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 5The frog would a-wooing ride,
  • 6     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 7Sword and buckler by his side,
  • 8     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 9When he was upon his high horse set,
  • 10     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 11His boots they shone as black as jet,
  • 12     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 13When he came to the merry mill pin,
  • 14     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 15Lady mouse, been you within?
  • 16     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 17Then came out the dusty mouse,
  • 18     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 19I am lady of this house,
  • 20     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 21Hast thou any mind of me?
  • 22     Humble dum humble dum.
  • 23I have e'en great mind of thee,
  • 24     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 25Who shall this marriage make?
  • 26     Humble dum humble dum.
  • 27Our lord which is the rat,
  • 28     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 29What shall we have to our supper?
  • 30     Humble dum humble dum.
  • 31Three beans in a pound of butter,
  • 32     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 33When supper they were at,
  • 34     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 35The frog, the mouse and even the rat,
  • 36     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • pg 24337Then came in Gib our cat,
  • 38     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 39And catched the mouse even by the back,
  • 40     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 41Then did they separate,
  • 42     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 43And the frog leapt on the floor so flat,
  • 44     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 45Then came in Dick our drake,
  • 46     Humble dum humble dum,
  • 47And drew the frog even to the lake,
  • 48     Tweedle tweedle twino.
  • 49The rat run up the wall,
  • 50     Humble dum humble dum.
  • 51A goodly company, the devil go with all!
  • 52     Tweedle tweedle twino.

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Editor’s Note
xxi. See Chappell-Wooldridge, i, p. 142. The refrains (lines 2 and 4 in each stanza) are sung by all four voices, the rest by one voice with instrumental accompaniment.
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