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234                                   ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC
(D. d., 2. 11, Cambridge), it is entitled, "Robin is to the greenwood gone; in Addit. MSS. 17,786 (Brit. Mus.), " My Robin," &c.
A ballad of " A dolefull adieu to the last Erie of Darby, to the tune of Bonny sweet Robin" was entered at Stationers' Hall to John Danter on the 26th April, 1593 ; and in the Crown Cfarland of Golden Roses is " A courtly new ballad of the princely wooing of the fair Maid of London by King Edward;" as well as " The fair Maid of London's answer," to the same tune. The two last were also printed in black-letter by Henry Gosson, and are reprinted in Evans' Old Ballads, iii. 8.
In " Good and true, fresh and new Christmas Carols," B.L., 1642, there is a "Carol for St. Stephen's day: tune of Bonny stveet Robin," beginning— " Come, mad boys, bo glad, boys, for Christmas is here, And we shall be feasted with jolly good cheer," &c.
WITH A FADING. In act iv., sc. 3, of Shakespeare's Winter's Tale, the servant says of Autolycus, "He hath songs for man or ■woman, of all sizes; no milliner can so fit his customers with gloves: he has the prettiest love-songs for maids; . . . with such delicate burdens of dildos and fadings."
In the Roxburghe Collection, i. 12, there is a ballad by L. P. (Laurence Price?), entitled " The Batchelor's Feast; or—
The difference betwixt a single life and a double ; Betwixt the batchelor's pleasure and the married man's trouble. To a pleasant new tune, called With a Me dildo dill." It begins thus:— " As I walkt forth of late, where grass and flowers spring, I heard a batchelor within an harbour sing. The tenor of his song contain'd much melodie : It is a gallant thing to live in liberty.
With a hie, dildo, dill, Hie do, dil dur lie; It is a delightful thing To live at liberty." There are six stanzas; and six more in a second part (at p. 17 of the same