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The National Music of America. 117
1619, very much resembles the modern tune, but it is in a minor key.
2d, A Scottish carol, in a Ravenscroft col­lection, entitled " Remember, O thou man," bears a strong resemblance to the tune, both in its form and progressions, but is also in minor.
3d, A ballad entitled " Franklin Is Fled Away," dated 1669, is in the form, and is in major, but deviates from the melody.
4th, A harpsichord piece by Henry Pur-cell, dated 1696, bears resemblance to the last half of the melody.
5th, It is claimed, but not proved, that the tune and words were written for King James II., and that it was sung by the Catholic chapel of that king.
6th, It is claimed as a Jacobite song, written for James III., the "Old Pretender."
7th, It is claimed that Lully, the old French composer, wrote the tune.1
1 Three nuns of the convent of St. Cyr, Chartres, have testified to the existence of the tune at that convent in
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