Popular Music Of The Olden Time Vol 1

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FROM HENRY VIT. TO MARY.
79
MY LITTLE PRETTY ONE. This ancient melody is also transcribed from a MSS. of the time-of Henry the Eighth (No. 4900, Additional MS., Brit. Mus.). The original is, as usual, with­out bats, but with an accompaniment in tablature for the lute. In the same volume are songs by John Taverner, Shepherde, Heywood, &c. It has the same peculiarity as the danee tune at page 27, each part consisting of nine bars. A song called " My little pretty one " is in the Eoxburgh Collection of Ballads, " to a pleasant new tune," but the measure is different.
ROBIN, LEND TO ME THY BOW. This song is still known in some parts of the country, and was written down for me by a friend, in Leicestershire, some years ago. In the " very mery and pithie commedie " called The longer thou livest the more fool thou art, there is a stage direction—" Here entreth Moros, counterfeiting a vaine gesture and foolish countenance, synging the foote [burden] of many songes, as fooles were wont." Among the burdens is the following:—
" Robin, lende me thy bowe, thy bowe, Robin, the bow, 'Robin, lend to me thy borv-a."