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REIGN OF ELIZABETH.                                                241
Daintie Conceits, 1588, is " to the note of The Spanish Pavin;" another in part ii. of Robin Goodfeilow, 1628; and there are many in the Pepys and Rox-burghe Collections of Ballads.
. It is mentioned as a dance in act iv., sc. 2, of Middleton's Blurt, Master Con­stable, 1602 ; and in act i., sc. 2, of Ford's 'Tis Pity, 1633. In the former the tune is played for Lazarillo to dance The Spanish Pavan. The figure, which differed from other Pavans, is described in Thoinot Arbeau's Orchesographie, 1589; but as the tune there printed is wholly different from the following (which is found in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book, William Ballet's Lute Book, Sir J. Hawkins' transcripts of Virginal Music, &c), I suppose this to be English, although not a characteristic air.
The ballad, " When Samson was a tall young man," (of which the first stanza is here printed) is in the Pepys Collection, i. 32; in.the Roxburghe, i. 366; and in Evans' Old Ballads, i. 283 (1810) .a It is parodied in Eastward Hoe, the joint production of Ben Jonson, Marston, and Chapman, act ii., sc. 1. The two first lines are the same in the parody and the ballad.