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262
ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
THERE WAS AN OLD FELLOW AT WALTHAM CROSS.
This is quoted as an old song in Brome's play, The Jovial Crew, which was acted at the Cock-pit in Drury Lane, in 1641" T'other old song for that." It is also in the Antidote to Melancholy, 1661.
Tlie Jovial Crew was turned into a ballad-opera in 1731, and this song retained. The tune was then printed under the name of Taunton Dean; perhaps from a song commencing, " In Taunton Dean I was born and bred." _
The four last bars of the air are the prototype of Lilliburlero, and still often sung to the chorus,"A very good song, and'very well sung; Jolly companions every one."
The first part resembles Dargason (see p. 65), and an air of later date, called Country Courtship (see Index). Boldly and moderate time.
OLD SIR SIMON THE KING.
This tune is contained in Playford's MusicFs Recreation on the Lyra Viol, 1652; in MusicJc's Handmaid for the Virginals, 1678; in Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin; in The Division Violin, 1685; in 180 Loyal Songs, 1684 and 1694; and in the seventh and all later editions of The Dancing Master.
It it also in Pills to purge Melancholy ; in the Musical Miscellany, 1721; in many ballad-operas, and other works of later date.