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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I.                               271
Castle-gate, or The Boatman's Delight: to its own proper new tune;" but it appears, from the following, which is the first stanza, that this air cannot have been intended.
" Farewell both hawk and hind,                  Farewell, my best beloved,
Farewell both shaft and bow,                     In whom I put my trust ;
Farewell all merry pastimes,                    For its neither grief nor sorrow
And pleasures in a row :                           Shall harbour in my breast."
There is an air in Thomson's Orpheus Caledonius called The Boatman, but wholly different from this.
SIR LAUNCELOT DU LAKE. This second tune to the ballad, " When Arthur first in court began " (which the black-letter copies, The Q-arland of Grood-will, &c, direct to be sung to the tune of Flying Fame—see p. 199), was transcribed by Dr. Kimbault, from the fly­leaf of a rare book of Lessons for the Virginals, entitled Parthenia Inviolata.
The ballad is quoted by Shakespeare, by Beaumout and Fletcher, by Marston, &c. It is founded on the romance of Sir Launcelot du Lake, than which none was more popular. Chaucer, in " The Nonne Prest his tale," says— ' This story is al so trewe, I undertake, As the book is of Launcelot the Lake;"