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The songs written to the tune are too many for enumeration. Besides those in the various Collections of Ballads in the British Museum, in D'TJrfey's Pilk, and in the PiU to purge State Melancholy, 1716,—in one Collection alone, viz., The Choice Collection 0^180 Loyal Songs, there are no fewer than thirteen. The following are curious:—
No. 1. A popular Beggars' Song, by which the tune is often named, com­mencing :—" From hunger and cold who liveth more free ?
Or who is so richly cloathed as we."—Select Ayres, 1659. No. 2. " Blanket Fair, or the History of Temple Street. Being a relation of the merry pranks plaid on the river Thames during the great Frost." " Come, listen awhile, though the weather be cold." No. 3. " The North Country Mayor," dated 1697, from a manuscript volume of Songs by Wilmot, Earl of Kochester, and others, in the Harleian Library:— " I sing of no heretic Turk, or of Tartar,-But of a suffering Mayor who may pass for a Martyr; For a story so tragick was never yet told By Fox or by Stowe, those authors so old ; How a vile Lansprasado Did a Mayor bastinado, And played him a trick worse than any Strappado: 0 Mayor, Mayor, better ne'er have transub'd, [turn'd Papist] Than thus to be toss'd in a blanket and drubb'd," &c. The following song, in praise of milk, is from Playford's Musical Companion, Part LL, 1687 :— ;

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