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Three stanzas from the poem are sung by the grave-digger in Hamlet; but they are much corrupted, and in all probability designedly, to suit the character of an illiterate clown. On the stage the grave-digger now sings them to the tune of The Children in the Wood.
In the Crorgious Q-allery of Gallant Inventions, 1578, " the lover complaineth of his lady's inconstancy; to the tune of Ilothe that I did love" therefore a tune was formerly known by that name, and probably one of the two here printed.
The song will be found among the ballads that illustrate Shakespeare, in Percy's Reliques of Ancient Poetry.

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