Popular Music Of The Olden Time Vol 1

Ancient Songs, Ballads, & Dance Tunes, Sheet Music & Lyrics - online book

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Shopping Discounts



Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
92                                     ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
------" is your Theorbo
Turn'd to a distaff, Signior, and your voice, With which you chanted Roomfor a lusty Gallant, Tuned to the note of Lach-ymce ? "* The ballad of "A famous sea-fight between Captain Ward and the Rainbow" (in the Roxburghe Collection) " to the tune of Captain Ward," &c, begins, " Strike up, you lusty Gallants."
In the Gorgeous Gallery of gallant Inventions, 1578, there is a " proper dittie," to tbe tune of Lusty Gallant; and Pepys mentions a song with the burden of " St. George for England," to the tune of List, lusty Gallants.
Twenty journeys would I make, And twenty days would hie me,
To make adventure for her sake, To set some matter hy me.
Some do long for pretty knacks, And some for strange devices ;
God send me what my lady lacks, I care not what the price is.
There are eight more stanzas, which will be found in Evans' Old Ballads, vol. 1, p. 123, edit. 1810, or in the reprint of A Handefull of Pleasant Delites.
BY A BANK AS I LAY.
In the Life of Sir Peter Carew, before quoted (page 52), "By the bank as I lay " is mentioned as one of the M-eemen's Songs which Sir Peter used to sing with Henry VIII.; and this is one of the King Henry's Mirth or Freemen's Songs in Deuteromelia. In Laneham's letter from Kenilworth, 1565, " By a bank as I lay" is included in the " bunch of ballads and songs, all ancient," which were then in the possession of Captain Cox, the Mason of Coventry. In Wager's in­terlude, The longer thou livest the more fool thou art, 1568, Moros sings the two following lines:— " By a bank as I lay, I lay,
Musing on things past, heigh ho!" In Royal MSS. Append. 58, there is another song, of which the first line is the
* Lachrymce, a tune often referred to, composed by Dowland.