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■ ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
A second name for the tune is Tfie Country Lass, which it derived from a ballad by Martin Parker. Copies of that ballad are in the Pepys Collection (i. 268), and in the Roxburghe (i. 52). The former bears Martin Parker's initials, but no printer's name; the latter was printed for the assigns of Thomas Symcocke. The copy in the Pepys Collection is entitled " The Countrey Lasse: To a dainty new note : which if you cannot hit, There's another tune which doth as well fit— That's The Mother beguitd the Daughter" "Although I am a countrey lasse,             As those that with the choicest wines
A loftie minde I beare-a;                        Do bathe their bodies oft-a.
I thinke myselfe as good as those                 Downe, downe deny, derry downe,
That gay apparrell weare-a.                         Heigh downe, a downe, a downe-a,
My coat is made of comely gray,                  A derry, deny, derry downe,
Yet is my skin as soft-a,                              Heigh downe, a downe, a derry."
This is reprinted in Evans' Old Ballads, i. 41, and an altered copy will be found, with the music, in Pills to purge Melancholy, ii. 165 (1707), or iv. 152 (1719). The tune is referred to, under the above name, in a ballad by Laurence Price, entitled " Good Ale for my money:
The good fellowes resolution of strong ale, That cures bis nose from looking pale. To the tune of The Countrey Lasse. Be merry, my friends, and list awhile This song in's head he always carried, Unto a merry jest,                                   When drink had made him mellow :
It may from yon produce a smile,             I cannot go home, nor will I go home,
When you hear it exprest;                      It's long of the oyle of barley;
Of a young man lately married,                I'll tarry all night for my delight,
Which was a boone good fellow,               And go home in the morning early."
A copy will be found in the Roxburghe Collection, i. 138.
Hilton wrought this tune into a catch for three voices, and published it in his Catch that catch can, in 1652; and it was afterwards reprinted in that form by Playford in his Musical Companion, 1667,1673, &c.
The first line of the catch is " I'se goe with thee, my sweet Peggy, my honey." The third part is to the tune of Stingo, with the following words:— " Thou and I will foot it, Joe, And what we doe neene shall know;
But taste the juice of barley. We'll sport all night for our delight, And home in the morning early." The air is somewhat altered to harmonize with the other parts.
In the editions of The Dancing Master which were printed after 1G90, the name is changed from Stingo, or The Oyle of Barley, to Cold and raio. This new title was derived from a (so called) "New Scotch Song," written by Tom D'Urfcy, which first appeared in the second book of Comes Amoris, or Tlie