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This tune is in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book, and in Tfie Dancing Master from 1650 to 1690. It is alluded to in Sharpham's Fleire, 1610: " She every day sings John for the King, and at Up, tails all, she's perfect." Also in Ben Jonson's Every man out of his humour; in Beaumont and Fletcher's Coxcomb; Vanbrugh's Provolced Wife, &c.
There are several political songs of the Cavaliers to this air, in the King's Pamphlets (Brit. Mus.) ; in the Collection of Songs -written against the Rump Parliament; in Rats rhimed to Death, 1660; and one in Merry Drollery complete, 1670: but party feeling was then so often expressed with more virulence than wit, that few of them will bear republication. In both the editions of Pills to purge Melancholy, 1707 and 1719, the song of Up, tails all, beginning " Fly, merry news," is printed by mistake with the title and tune of The Friar and the Nun. Moderate time and lightly.
The tune of In Pescod Time (i.e., peas-cod time, when the field peas are gathered), was extremely popular towards the end of the sixteenth century. It is contained in Queen Elizabeth's and Lady Neville's Virginal Books; in Anthony Holborne's Citharn Schoole (1597); and in Sir John Hawkins' transcripts ; but so disguised by point, augmentation, and other learned contrivances, that it was only by scanning the whole arrangement (by Orlando Gibbons) that this simple air could be extracted. In Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book, the same air is called The Hunt's up, in another part of the book.
The words are in England's Helicon, 1600 (or reprint in 1812, p. 206); in Miss Cooper's The Muses' Library, 8vo, p. 281; and in Evans' Old Ballads, i. 332 (ed. of 1810).
Two very important and popular ballads were sung to the tune : Clievy Cliace, and The Lady's Fall.
, Chevy Chace had also a separate air (see page 199); but the earlier printed copies of the ballad direct it to be sung to "In Pescod Time.''''

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