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Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop

Language: English

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."

Translation(s): GER GER

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1 Grill: "loneliness"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

Text added to the website: 2009-01-03.
Last modified: 2018-04-14 16:08:19
Line count: 18
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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Based on
  • 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
Line count: 18
Word count: 101