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This tune is in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book, and in The Dancing Master, from 1650 to 1665.
Paul's Wharf was, and still is, one of the public places for taking water, near to St. Paul's Cathedral. In " The Prices of Fares and Passages to he paide to "Watermen," printed by John Cawood, (n.d.,) is the following: "Item, that no Whyry manne, with a pare of ores, take for his fare from Pawles Wharfe, Queen hithe, Parishe Garden, or the blacke Fryers to Westminster, or White hall, or lyke distance to and fro, above \\yl.
This was one of the favorite Morris-dances of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and frequently alluded to by writers of those times.
Nashe, in his Introductory Epistle to the surreptitious edition of Sidney's Astrophel and Stella, 4to., 1591, says, "Indeede, to say the truth, my stile is somewhat heavie gated, and cannot daunce Trip and goe so lively, with ' Oh my love, ah my love, all my love gone,' as other shepheards that have beene Fooles in the morris, time out of minde." He introduces it more at length, and with a description of the Morris-dance, in the play of Summer's last Will and Testament, 1600:
" Ver goes in andfetcheth out the Hobby-horse and the Morris-dance, mho
dance about.
Ver."About, about! lively, put your horse to it; rein him harder; jerk him -with your wand. Sit fast, sit fast, man ! Fool, hold up your ladle * there."
Will Summer." 0 brave Hall!b 0 well said, butcher ! Now for the credit of Worcestershire. The finest set of Morris-dancers that is between this and Streatham. Marry, methinks there is one of them danceth like a clothier's horse, with a wool-pack
* The ladle is still used by the sweeps on May-day.
b The tract of " Old Meg of Herefordshire for a Mayd Marian, and Hereford towne for a Morris-dance," 4to, 1609, is dedicated to old Kail, a celebrated Taborer of Herefordshire; and the author says,"The People of Herefordshire are beholding to thee; thou givest the men light hearts by thy pipe, and the women light heeles by thy tabor. O wonderful piper 1 0 admirable tabor-man!"
.... "The wood of this olde Hall's tabor should have beene made a paile to carie water in at the beginning of King Edward the Sixt's reigne; but Hall (being wise, because hee was even then reasonably well strucken in years) saved it from going to the water, and converted it in these days to a tabor." For more about old Hall and his pipe and tabor, see page 134. .

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