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FROM HENRY VII. TO MARY.                                            C5
There are sixteen verses in the song. The tune is one of those -which only end •when the singer is exhausted; for although, strictly speaking, it consists of but eight bars (and in the seventh edition of The Dancing Master only eight bars are printed), yet, from never finishing on the key-note, it seems never to end. Many of these short eight-bar tunes terminate on the fifth of the key, but when longer melodies were used, such as sixteen bars, they generally closed with the key-note. There were, however, exceptions to the rule, especially among dance tunes, which required frequent repetition.
The tree made answer by and by, I have cause to grow triumphantly, The sweetest dew that ever be seen, Doth fall on me to keep me green.
Yea, quoth the maid, but where you grow You stand at hand for every blow, Of every man for to be seen, I marvel that you grow so green.
Though many one take flowers from me, And many a branch out of my tree; I have such store they will not be seen, For more and more my twigs grow green.
But how, an they chance to cut thee down, And carry thy branches into the town ? Then they will never more be seen To grow again so fresh and green.

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