Anon : Water doctor, The : Full score
Composer: Anon (c.1787)
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer
Published without attribution in Warren's twenty-sixth collection of glees and catches.
This is one of those catches that is more lubricious in performance than the anodyne lyrics might suggest. It illustrates a brief but interesting period in social history: when purveyors of folk remedies (water doctors and cunning men) were accorded respect; when inoculation was still a folk remedy, yet to be established as an efficacious technique by Jenner; when the introduction of an item of armour was widely (but erroneously) credited to a specific personage; and when that innovator's name would, amongst the ton, be pronounced as "the Duke of Cundum".
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