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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
QUEEN ELEANOR'S CONFESSION.
This is the traditional tune to the ballad which is printed in Percy's Mdiqu.es of Ancient Poetry (No. 8, series ii., book 2). A copy is in the Bagford Collection, i. 26, to be sung to "a pleasant new tune."
Moderate time.
ESSEX'S LAST GOOD-NIGHT,- ok WELL-A-DAY.
This air is contained in Elizabeth Rogers' MS. Virginal Book (Brit. Mus.) ; and in a transcript of virginal music made by Sir John Hawkins, now in the pos­session of Dr. Rimbault. In the former it is entitled Essex's last Good-night, and there are but eight bars in the tune; the latter is called WeU-a-day, and consists of sixteen bars.
The ballad of Essex's last Good-night is in the Pepys Collection, i. 106 ; and Roxburghe, i. 101, and 185. In the Pepys Collection it is called "A lamentable new ballad upon the Earl of Essex his death; to the tune of The King's last Good-night." In the Roxburghe, i. 101, to the tune of Essex's last Gfood-night. It is printed in Evans' Old Ballads, iii. 167 (1810) ; but, as usual, without the name of the tune. The first verse of the Pepys copy is as follows :— " All you that cry O hone, O hone ! [alas], Come now and sing O Lord with me ; For why our jewel is from us gone,
The valiant knight of chivalry. Of rich and poor belov'd was he; In time an honorable knight; When by our laws condemn'd was he, And lately took his laBt Good-night." This is on the death of Walter Devereux, Earl of Essex (father of Queen Eliza­beth's favorite), who died in Dublin, in 1576. Another on the same subject, and in the same metre, has been printed by Mr. Payne Collier, in his Extracts from the Registers of the Stationers' Company, ii. 35 ; beginning thus:—