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In the "History of Robert Powel, the puppet-showman," 8vo., 1715, TJie Duke of York's Delight; Welcome home, Old Roivley ; Tlie Knot; and The.Hemp-dressers, are mentioned as favorite tunes called for by the company.
The song of The Hemp-dresser consists of four stanzas, of -which the two first are as follows:
There was a London gentlewoman That lov'd a country man-a;
And she did desire his company A little now and then-a.
Fa la, &c.
This man he was a hemp-dresser, And dressing was his trade-a;
And he did kiss the mistress, sir, And now and then the maid-a.
Fa la, &c.
SINCE FIRST I SAW YOUB FACE. The following tune is by Thomas Ford, one of the musicians in the suite of Prince Henry, the eldest son of James I. It is a song for one voice to the lute, or for four without accompaniment, and contained in his Musicke of sundrie Kindts (fol. 1607.) The second part of a popular tune called Jamaica, or My father was bom before me, bears a resemblance to the second part of this.
In the Golden Garland of Princely Delight, third edition, 1620, the song is entitled, " Love's Constancy."                                                                  >

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