Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop
I met the Bishop on the road
And much said he and I.
"Those breasts are flat and fallen now,
Those veins must soon be dry;
Live in a heavenly mansion,
Not in some foul sty."
"Fair and foul are near of kin,
And fair needs foul," I cried.
"My friends are gone, but that's a truth
Nor grave nor bed denied,
Learned in bodily [lowliness]1
And in the heart's pride.
"A woman can be proud and stiff
When on love intent;
But Love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not been rent."
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1 Grill: "loneliness"
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Peter George Aston (b. 1938), "Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop", published 1964 [unaccompanied soprano], from Five Songs of Crazy Jane [ sung text not verified ]
- by Stanley Grill (b. 1953), "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop", 1999, copyright © 2000 [soprano, flute, violin, viola, cello and piano], from Crazy Jane Sings, no. 6, confirmed with an online score [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by David Lidov (b. 1941), "Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop", 1967, rev. 1970 [voice and piano], from Crazy Jane's songs [ sung text not verified ]
- by Ben Moore (b. 1960), "Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop" [voice and piano], from Eight Songs, no. 5. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Paul Paviour (b. 1931), "Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop", copyright © 1969 [soprano and piano], from Crazy Jane [ sung text not verified ]
- by Douglas Young (b. 1947), "Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop", 1970-3, copyright © 1969 [soprano, tenor, bass clarinet, viola, violoncello], from Realities [ sung text not verified ]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Die verrückte Jane spricht mit dem Bischof", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "De narrische Jane sogds dem Bischof eihne", Viennese dialect, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Die verrückte Jane spricht mit dem Bischof
Language: German (Deutsch) after the English
Ich traf den Bischof auf der Straß',
Viel sprachen ich und er:
"Die Adern trocknen Dir ja schon,
Die Brüste hängen leer;
Drum leb' Du in der Kirche Haus
Und nicht im Schweinsstall mehr!"
Ich schrie: "Das Reine braucht den Dreck,
Die beiden sind verwandt.
Die Freund' sind weg, doch Wahrheit ist's,
Wohl Grab, wohl Bett bekannt,
Aus Körpers Niedrigkeit erlernt
Und Herzensstolz erkannt.
"Ein Weib kann stolz und steifer stehn,
Wenn Liebe in ihr brennt;
Doch Liebe hat ihr Haus gebaut
Im Grund von Exkrement;
Und nichts kann ganz und einig sein,
Es sei denn erst getrennt."
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- a text in English by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop", appears in The Winding Stair, first published 1929
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Peter George Aston, Stanley Grill, David Lidov, Ben Moore, Paul Paviour, Douglas Young. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2010-03-26 00:00:00.
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