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REIGN OF JAMES I..
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Mirth, 1707, the following song, entitled The Queen of May, is joined to an indifferent composition:
From morning till the evening
Their controversy held, And I, as judge, stood gazing on,
To crown her that excell'd. At last when Phoebus' steeds
Had drawn their wain away, We found and crown'da damsel
To be the Queen of May.
Full well her nature from her
Face I did admire; Her habit well became her,
Although in poor attire.
Her carriage was so good,
As did appear that day, That she was justly chosen
To be the Queen of May.
Then all the rest in sorrow,
And she in sweet content, Gave over till the morrow,
And homewards straight they went. But she, of all the rest,
Was hinder'd by the way, For ev'ry youth that met her,
Must kiss the Queen of May.
THE HUNTER IN HIS CAREER. This is one of the songs alluded to in "Walton's Angler. Piscator. "I'll promise you I'll sing a song that was lately made at my request by Mr. William Basse, one that made the choice songs of ' The Hunter in his career,' and ' Tom of Bedlam,' and many others of note." The tune was translated from lute tablature by Mr. G. F. Graham, of Edinburgh. It is taken from the " Straloch Manuscript," formerly in the possession of Mr. Chalmers, the date of which is« given in the original MS. from 1627 to 1629. It is also in the Skene MS., &c. A copy of the song is in the Pepys Collection, i. 452, entitled " Maister Basse his careere, or The Hunting of the Hare. To a new court tune." Printed for