Ye cats that at midnighte spit love at each other, Who best feel the pangs of a passionate lover. I appeal to your scratches and your tattered fur, If the business of Love be no more than to purr. Old Lady Gimalkin with her gooseberry eyes, Knew something when a kitten, for why she is wise; You find by experiences, the love-fit's soon o'er. Puss! Puss! lasts not long, but turns to Cat-whore!
- by Coventry (Kersey Dighton) Patmore (1823 - 1896) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Elizabeth Walton Vercoe (b. 1941), "An appeal to cats in the business of love", 1994 [mezzo-soprano and piano], from Varieties of Amorous Experience, no. 2, confirmed with composer's website [ sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2019-01-22
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