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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC
On the other hand, it was first printed by W. Jaggard in " The passionate Pilgrim and other sonnets by Mr. William Shakespeare," in 1599; but Jaggard is a very bad authority, for he included songs and sonnets by Griffin and Barnfield in the same collection, and subsequently others by Heywood.
England's Helicon contains, also, " The Nimph's reply to the Shepheard," beginning—           " If all the world and love were young,
And truth in every shepherd's tongue;"
which is there subscribed " Ignoto," but which Walton attributes to Sir Walter Raleigh, "in his younger days;" and " Another of the same nature made since," commencing— " Come, live with me, and be my deere,
And we will revel all the yeere," with the same subscription.
Dr. Donne's song, entitled " The Bait," beginning— " Come, live with me, and he my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove,
Of golden sands and crystal brooks,
With Bilken lines and silver hooks," &c.
which, as Walton observes, he " made to shew the world that he could make soft and smooth verses, when he thought smoothness worth his labour," is also in Tiie Complete Angler; and the three above quoted from England's Helicon, are reprinted in Ritson's English Songs and Ancient Songs; and two in Percy's Heliques of Ancient Poetry, &c, &c.
In Choice, Chance, and Change; or Conceits in their colours, 4to., 1606, Tidero, being invited to live with his friend, replies, "Why, how now? do you take me for a woman, that you come upon me with a ballad of Come, live with me, and he my love ? "
Nicholas Breton, in his Poste with a packet of Mad Letters, 4to., 1637, says, " Tou shall hear the old song that you were wont to like well of, sung by the black brows with the cherry cheek, under the side of the pied cow, Come, live with me, and be my love, you know" the rest."
Sir Harris Nicholas, in his edition of Walton's Angler, quotes a song in imi­tation of Come, live with me, by Herrick, commencing—
" Live, live with me, and thou shalt see;" and Steevens remarks that the ballad appears to have furnished Milton with the hint for the last lines of & Allegro and Penseroso.
From the following passage in The World's Folly, 1609, it appears that there may have been an older name for the tune:—" But there sat he, hanging his head, lifting up the eyes, and with a deep sigh, singing the ballad of Come, live with me, and be my love, to the tune of Adew, my deere." a
In Deloney's Strange Histories, 1607, is the ballad of " The Imprisonment of Queen Eleanor," &c, to the tune of Come, live with me, and be my love, but it has
» A song in Harl. MSS. 2252, of the early part of Henry the Eighth's reign, "Upon the inconstancy of his mis­tress," begins thus:—
"Mornyng, momyng, thus may I sing, Adew, my dere, adew."
It is reprinted in Ritson's Ancient Songs (p. 98), hut the metre differs from that of Come, live with me, and with out repeating words, could not have been sung to tbe same air.