A Catch on the Cats at Midnight

by Isabel Northwode

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A catch by Michael Wise, published between 1731 and 1733.

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Ye cats that at Midnight spit love at each other
Who best feel the pangs of a passionate lover
I appeal to your scratches and tattered fur
If the business of love be no more than to purr.

Old Lady Grimalkin with gooseberry eyes
When a kitten knew something for why she was wise
You'll find by experience the love fit's soon o'er
Puss-puss lasts not long, but turns to cat-whore.

Men ride many miles, cats tread many tiles,
Both hazard, both hazard their necks in the fray
Only cats if they fall from a house or a wall
Keep their feet, mount their tails, mount their tails, and away.

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released April 12, 2016
Track image is Das Katzenkonzert [The Concert of Cats], David Teniers the Younger, 17th century. Courtesy wikimedia commons.

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Isabel Northwode Toronto, Ontario

Peryn Westerhof Nyman, aka Isabel Northwode, is an historical reenactor who performs music from a variety of time periods. Originally from Canada, she is currently based in the UK.

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