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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I.                                 259
And as I wander in the blossom of the year;                 To shed their balms around!—
By crystal waters' flow,                                              Thus from the busy, throng,
Flow'rs sweet to gaze on, as the songs of birds               I careless roam along,
Spring up where e'er I go! [to hear,            'Mid perfume and sweet sound.
The violet agrees,
With the honey-suckle trees,
This tune is in The Dancing Master, from 1650 to 1690.
In the Pepys Collection, i. 372, there is a black-letter ballad entitled " The Northern Turtle, wailing his unhappy fate in being deprived of his sweet mate: to a new Northern tune, or A health to Betty." This is not the air of A health of Betty, and therefore I suppose it to be tho " new Northern tune." The first stanza is here arranged to the music. The same ballad is the Roxburghe Collec­tion, i. 319, as the second part to one entitled " The paire of Northerne Turtles: Whose love was firm till cruel death Depriv'd them both of life and breath." That is also to " a new Northern tune," and printed " for F. Coules, dwelling in the Old Baily." Coules printed about 1620 to 1628.
The following ballads are also to the tune:—
- Pepys, i. 390— " A constant wife, a kind wife,
Which gives content unto a man's life. To the tune of Lie lulling beyond thee." Printed for F. C[oules]. It begins— " Young men and maids, do lend me your aids." Pepys i., and Roxburghe, i. 156—" The Honest Wooer, His mind expressing, in plain and few terms, By which to his mistris his love he confirms:" to the tune of Lulling beyond her, begins—
" Fairest mistris, cease your moane, Spoil not your eyes with weeping, For certainly if one he gone,
You may have another sweeting. I will not compliment with oaths,
Nor speak you fair to prove you;                «
But save your eyes, and mend your clothes, For it is I that love you." Roxburghe, i. 416—" The two fervent Lovers," &c, " to the tune of The two loving Sisters, or Lulling beyond thee." Signed L.P.
Pepys, i. 427—" A pleasant new ballad to sing both even and morn, Of the bloody murther of Sir John Barley-Corne. To the tune of Shall I lie beyond thee." Printed at London for H[enry] G[osson]. It commences thus:—"As I went through the North country, I heard a merry greeting," &c. This excellent ballad has been reprinted by Evans (Old Ballads, iv. 214, ed. 1810), from a copy in the Roxburghe Collection, " printed for John Wright."

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