A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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BALLADS OF SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 25
Hers and promote the restoration of his son—an event it was employed to celebrate all over the kingdom. At the Revolution (of 1688) it, of course, became an adherent of the exiled family, whose cause it never deserted. And as a tune is said to have been a principal means of depriving King James of the crown, this very air, upon two memorable occasions, was very near being equally instrumental in replacing it on the head of his son. It is believed to be a fact that nothing fed the enthusiasm of the Jacobites, down almost to the present reign, in every corner of Great Britain, more than 'The King shall enjoy his own again. ' "
The earliest known reference to the song is in The Gossip's Feast, or Morall Tales^ published in 1647, where one gossip is made to say, " By my faith, Martin Parker never got a fairer brat: no, not when he penned that sweet ballad 'When the King enjoys his own again ' " ; from which it may be gathered that Martin Parker was the author of the words. The tune to which they were sung is a very old one, the origin of it being unknown.
Another song of which Martin Parker was the author was "When the Stormy Winds do Blow," afterwards known as "You Gentlemen of England." The origin of this tune is also unknown.
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