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REIGN OF ELIZABETH.
" Kind sir, I have a mother, Her dad came home full weary, Besides, a father, still, (Alas ! he could not choose;)
And so, before all other. Her mother being merry, You must ask their good will; She told him all the news.
For if I be undutiful Then he was mighty jovial too, To them, it is a sin;" His son did soon begin
With how d'ye do? &c. With how d'ye do? &c.
Now, there we left the milking-pail, The parents being willing, And to her mother went, All parties were agreed,
And when we were come thither, Her portion, thirty shilling; I asked her consent; We married were with speed.
I doff'd my hat, and made a leg, Then Will, the piper, he did play, When I found her within ; Whilst others dance and sing;
With how d'ye do? &c. With how d'ye do? and how d'ye do?
And how d'ye do ? again.
JOHN, COME KISS MB NOW.
This favorite old tune ■will be found in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book; in Playford's Introduction; in Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin; and in the First part of the Division Violin, containing a collection of Divisions upon several excellent grounds, printed by Walsh; as well as Playford's Division Violin (1685.) In Pills to purge Melancholy, vol. iii., 1707., and vol. v., 1719, it is adapted to a song called Stow, the Friar. It is mentioned in Hey wood's A Woman MU'd with Kindness, 1600:
Jack Slime.—" I come to dance, not to quarrel: come, what Bhall it be ? Eogero ? Jenkin.—" Rogero, no; we will dance The Beginning of the World. Sisly.—" I love no dance so well as John, come kiss me now." In '"Lis merry when G-ossips meet, 1609:
Widow.—" No musique in the evening did we lacke ;
Such dauncing, coussen, you would hardly thinke it;
Whole pottles of the daintiest burned Back,
' Twould do a wench good at the heart to drinke it.
Such store of tickling galliards, I do vow ;
Not an old dance, but John, come kisse me now.
In a song in Westminster Drollery, 1671 and 1674, beginning, " My name is honest Harry:" "The fidlers shall attend us,
And first play, John, come kisse me;
And when that we have danc'd a round,
They shall play, Hit or misse me." " In Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621: "Yea, many times this love will make old men and women, that have more toes than teeth, dance John, come kiss me now." It is also mentioned in The Scourge of Folly, 8vo. (n.d.) ; in Brath-wayte's Shepherd's Tales, 1623; in Tom Tiler and Hs Wife, 1661; and in Henry Bold's Songs and Poems, 1685.
• Hit or miss is a tune in The Dancing Master of 1GS0, where he speaks of one whose practice in physic is and later editions. It is referred to by Whitlock, in his " nothing more than the country dance called Hit or Zootamia, or present Manners of Uie English, 12mo., 1654, misse"