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The tune is from the seventh edition of The Dancing Master. In some later editions it is called The Bishop of Chester's Jig, or The fit's come on me now.
Cheerfully. -
This favorite old dance tune is in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book; in Morley's Consort Lessons, 1599 and 1611; in Kossiter's Consort Lessons, 1609; in Vallet's TaUature de Luth, intitule Le Secret des Muses, book i., 4to., Amsterdam, 1615, entitled " Bal Anglois, Mai Simmes;" also in the second book of the same work, 1616; in Nederlandtsche Gredenck-Clanh, 1626; in Camphuysen's Stichtelycke Ri/men,16i7 (called "The English Echo, or Malsims"); in the Skene MS., &c.
It is most likely one of the old harpers' tunes, as it has quite the character of harp music. In Bossiter's Consort Lessons, 1609, in which the names of the com­posers arc given to every other air, this is marked Incertus: and if unknown then, it is probably much older than the date of the book.
In Wit Bestor'd, 1658, is the ballad of " The Miller and the King's Daughters," written by Dr. James Smith, in which this tune is mentioned: " What did lie doe with her two shinnes ? Unto the violl they danc't Moll Syms."

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