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288                                  ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
THE HEALTHS.
Thia tune is in The Dancing Master, from 1650 to 1690, and in Mustek's Delight on the Cithren, 1666.
In the first editions of The Dancing Master it is entitled The Health; in the seventh and eighth, The Healths, or The Merry Wassail
The following song, " Oome, faith, since I'm parting," -was -written by Patrick Carey, a loyal cavalier, on bidding farewell to his hospitable entertainers at Wick-ham, in 1651. It is " to the tune of The Healths."
And first to Sir William, I'll take't on my
knee; He well doth deserve that a brimmer it be: [he; More brave entertainments none ere gave than. Then let his health go round.
Next to his chaste lady, who loves him as life; And whilst we are drinking to so good a wife, The poor of the parish will pray for her life; Be sure her health go round.
And then to young Will, the heir of this place; He'll make a brave man, you may see't in his
face; I only could wish we had more of the race; At least let his health go round.
To well-grac'd Victoria the next room we owe; As virtuous she'll prove as her mother, I trow, And somewhat in huswifry more she will know; .0 let her health go round!