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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
tune of The Joviall Cooler." Instead of " You gentlemen of England," it begins, " Countriemen of England," &c.
Ritson prints from a copy entitled "Neptune's raging fury; or The Gallant Seaman's Sufferings. Being a relation of their perils and dangers, and of the-extraordinary hazards they undergo in their noble adventures: together with their undaunted valour and rare constancy in all their extremites; and the manner of their rejoycing on shore, at their return home. Tune of When the stormy winds do blow" (the burden of the song). A black-letter copy of this version is in the Bagford Collection, printed by W. 0[nley], temp. Charles II.; and in one of the volumes of the Douce Collection, p. 168, printed by C. Brown and T. Norris, and sold at the Looking Glass on London Bridge. A third in the Boxburghe Collection, ii. 543. "Stormy winds" is also in the list of ballads printed by W. Thackeray, about 1660.
On the accession of Charles II., we have, " The valiant Seaman's Congratu­lation to his Sacred Majesty King Charles the Second," &c.: to the tune of Let us drink and sing, and merrily troul the boiol, or The stormy winds do blow, or Hey, ho, my honey." (Black-letter, twelve stanzas; F. Grove, Snow Hill.) It commences thus:—" Great Charles, your English seamen, Upon our bended knee, Present ourselves as freemen
Unto your Majesty. Beseeching God to bless you
Where ever that you go; So we pray, night and day,
When the stormy winds do blow." Although the option of singing it to three tunes is given, it is evident, from the two last lines, that it was written to this.
Among the other ballads to the tune are, " The valiant Virgin, or Philip and Mary: In a description of a young gentlewoman of Worcestershire (a rich gentle­man's daughter) being in love with a farmer's son, which her father despising, because he was poor, caus'd him to be press'd for sea: and how she disguised herself in man's apparel and follow'd him," &c. " To the tune of When.ihe stormy winds do blow;" (Roxburghe, ii. 546) beginning— " To every faithful lover
That's constant to her dear," &c. In Poems by Beii Jonson, junior, 8vo., 1672, is " The Bridegroom's Salutation: to the tune When the stormy winds do blow; " beginning— " I took thee on a suddain,
In all thy glories drest," &c. In 180 Loyal Songs, 1686 and 1694, a bad version of the tune is printed to " You Calvinists of England."                                                               - .
There are fourteen stanzas in the copy of "You gentlemen" printed by Ritson, in his English Songs. The following shorter version is from one of the broadsides with music, compared with another copy in Early Naval Ballads (Percy Society, JTo. 8, p. 34.)