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A passing bell tolling
Wood 276 B (103), B.L., two woodcuts, four columns. The sheet is badly mutilated, five stanzas being, in whole or in part, torn off. Mutilated words and lines are filled in as far as possible between square brackets.
The ballad, doleful as it is, is worth reprinting, for it is a copy, apparently unique, of the ballads called "A passinge bell to call us to minde &c," registered by John Allde on October 30, 1582, and "Harke man what I thi God," registered by Francis Coles and others on December 14, 1624 (Arber's Transcript, 11, 416; iv, 131). Neither of these entries has hitherto been identified. Wood's copy is probably from the 1624 edition. On the tune see Chappell's Popular Music, 1, 229; 11, 775.
To the tune of Triumph and Ioy.
1 HArk man what I thy God shal speak, My Laws thou daily seem'st to break
What though the flesh of man be weake,
yet I thy God will love thee: Give eare I say to Ieremie, And learne with him to live and die, The Scriptures they doe testifie,
that I God doe love thee.
2 First I thee fram'd of earth and clay, And made all things thee to obey,
The Sun, the Moone, the Night and day, because that I doe love thee: