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280                                  ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
The song of Philander is in Pills to purge Melancholy, ii. 252 (1707), or iv. 284 (1719); in Wit and Drollery, 1682; and a black-letter copy in the Douce Collection, p. 74, entitled " The Faithfull Lover's Downfall; or The Death of fair Phillis, who killed herself for the loss of her Philander," &c.: to a pleasant new play-house tune, or 0 cruel bloody fate." (Printed by T. Vere, at the Angel in Giltspur Street.)
Her poniard then she took, and graspt it in her hand,
And with a dying look, cried, Thus I fate command:
Philander, ah, my love! I come to meet thy shade below;
Ah, I come! she cried, with a wound so wide, to need no second blow.
In purple waves her blood ran streaming down the floor;
Unmov'd she saw the flood, and bless'd her dying hour :
Philander, ah Philander, still the bleeding Phillis cried;
She wept awhile, and forc'd a smile, then clos'd her eyes and died.
The following is the version called "Down in the North Country," of which there are also copies in Halliwell's Collection (Cheetham Library, 1850), and in Dr. Burney's Collection, Brit. Mus.