Popular Music Of The Olden Time Vol 1

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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
•' Ignoramus Justice; or—
The English laws turn'd into a gin, To let knaves out and keep honest men in : to the tune of Sir Egledemore" London: printed for Allen Bancks, 1682. " The Jacobite toss'd in a Blanket," &c. (Pepys Coll., ii. 292) ; beginning-" I pray, Mr. Jacobite, tell mo why, Fa la, &c, Yon on our government look awry, Fa la, &c. With paltry hat, and threadbare coat, And jaws as thin as a Harry groat, You've brought yourselves and your cause to nought. Fa-la, fa-la-la-la, Fa-la, lanky down dilly." In Rowland's Melancholic Knight, tho ballad is thus prefaced:— " But that I turn, and overturn again, Old books, wherein the worm-holes do remain ; Containing acts of ancient knights and squires That fought with dragons, spitting forth wild fires. The history unto you shall appear, Even by myself, verbatim, set down here."