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18G                                   BKGLISH SOKO AND BALLAD MUSIC.
THE SPANISH LADY.
Dr. Percy Bays, " this beautiful old ballad most probably took its rise from one of those descents made on the Spanish coasts in the time of Queen Elizabeth: and, in all likelihood, from the taking of the city of Cadiz (called by our sailors, comiptly, Cales), on June 21,1596, under the command of the Lord Howard, admiral, and of the Earl of Essex, general."
The question as to who was the favored lover, has boon fully discussed; it may therefore bo sufficient here to refer the reader to The Edinburgh Heview for April, 1846; The Times newspapers of April 30, and May 1,1846; and lite Quarterly Review for October, 1846.
The ballad is quoted in Guild's WJtirligig, 1616, and parodied in Rowley's A Match at Midnight, 1633. In the Douce Collection, ii. 210 and 212, there arc two copies, the one "to a pleasant new.tune;" the other (which is of later date) to the tune of Jflying Jfarac; but could not be sung to that air. In the same volume, p. 254, is " The Westminster Wedding, or Carlton's Epithalamium," (dated 1663): to the tune of Tfte Spanish Lady. It commences thus: 14 Will you hear a German Princess, How she cuoubM an English Lord/' &c.