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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Word count: 105
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De narrische Jane sogds dem Bischof eihne
Language: German (Deutsch) after the English
Wirih den Bischof troffn hob
do haumma gredt gaunz frei:
"De Duttln hengan brettl-ehm,
Dei Soft, dea trikkat ei;
Du soitast in da Kiachn lehm
Und net im Sauschdoi sei!"
"Da Schdoi und d'Kiachn san fawaunt:
De Kiachn braucht den Schdoi",
Schrei I, "Siss woa, I hob kan Freind
Im Bett, söbst wauni zoi;
Fon Bett und Grob is d'oide Haut,
Fon Schdoids mei Heazal foi.
"A Weib kaun ah schdehn schdoids und schdeif
Waunds d'Liab do drinnan gneist;
Dochd Liab, di baut ia Heisl daun
Grohd duat, wohsd aussascheisst;
Den nigs kau gaunz und söba sei,
Wos ned dsafua dsahreisst."
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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.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:37
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Word count: 101