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REiaNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I.
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THE FAIREST NYMPH THE VALLEYS. This, like In sad and ashy weeds (p. 202), or like Fear no more the heat of the sun, in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, is a sort of dirge, a mourning or funeral song. The copy in the Roxburghe Collection, i. 330, is entitled " The Obsequy of Faire Phillida: with the Shepherds' and Nymphs' Lamentation for her losse. To a new court tune." The music is contained in a MS. volume of virginal music transcribed by Sir John Hawkins, and in Starter's Friesche Lust-Hof, 1634, under its English name. In the library of the British Museum there is a copy of " Psalmes or Songs of Sion, turned into the language and set to the tunes of a Strange Land, by "VV[illiam] Spatyer], intended for Christmas Carols, and fitted to divers of the most noted and common, but solemne tunes, every where in this land familiarly used and knowne." 1642. Upon this copy a former possessor had written the names of the tunes to which they were designed to be sung. These are, The fairest Nymph the valleys ; All in a garden green; Bara Faustus' Dreame; Crimson velvet; What if a day, or a month, or a year? Fair Angel of England; Dulcina; Wokingham; and Jane Shore.*