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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
The play was entered at Stationers' Hall in 1568-9. " That it was a popular song in the beginning of Queen Elizabeth's reign appears also from its being mentioned, amongst others, in a curious old musical piece (MS. Harl. 7578), containing the description and praises of the city of Durham, -written "about that time." It is to be found as one of the " pleasant roundelayes" in Pammelia, 1609, and has likewise been printed by Ritson, in his Ancient Songs. The tune differs slightly from the copy in Pammelia, but I think for the better.
And whither will thy Lady go ?
Sweet Wilkin, tell it unto me ; And thou shalt have my hawke, my hound, and eke my bow,
To wait on thy Lady.
My Lady will to Uppingham,*
To Uppingham forsooth will shee ; And I myself appointed for to be the man
To wait on my Lady.
Adieu, good Wilkin, all beshrewde,
Thy hunting nothing pleaseth mee ; But yet beware thy babling hounds stray not abroad
For ang'ring of thy Lady.
My hounds shall be led in the line,
So well I can assure it thee ; Unless by straine of view some pursue I may finde,
To please my sweet Ladye.
With that the Lady shee came in,
And will'd them all for to agree ; For honest hunting never was accounted sinne.
Nor never shall for mee.
A market-town in Rutlandshire.