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134 The National Music of America.
as a children's song; the second period is not known in Holland. There is a possi­bility, therefore, that the English country dance (quoted a little later on) was elabo­rated from a Dutch nursery-song, or it may be another of the accidental resemblances with which music is so copiously strewn.
There are also the usual " resemblance" theories, which would give the tune a Span­ish and even a Hungarian origin. The fol­lowing note is from a secretary of legation, at Madrid :'
" The tune • Yankee Doodle,' from the first of my showing it here, has been acknowledged by persons acquainted with music to bear a strong resemblance to the popular airs of Biscay; and yesterday, a pro­fessor from the north recognised it as being much like the ancient sword dance played on solemn occa­sions by the people of San Sebastian. He says the tune varies in those provinces, and proposes in a couple of months to give me the changes as they are to be found in their different towns, that the matter may be judged of and fairly understood. Our national
1 Quoted by Nason, " Our National Song," p. 20.
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