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324                                  ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
containing Jive excellent new songs sung at the Drolls in Bartholomew Fair, 1691, there is another song, under the name of The Green Gown, " to an excellent play­house tune."
The tune of Hunting the Hare is now in common use for comic songs, or for such as require great rapidity of utterance; but it has also been employed as a slow air. For instance, in Gay's ballad-opera of Achilles, 1733, it is printed in | time, and entitled " A Minuet."
Stars quite tir'd with pastimes Olympical,
Stars and planets which beautiful shone, Could no longer endure that men only shall Swim in pleasures, and they but look on ; Round about horned ' Lucina they swarmed, And her informed how minded they were, Each god and goddess, To take human bodies, As lords and ladies, to follow the hare.
Chaste Diana applauded the motion,
While pale Proserpina sat in her place, To light the welkin, and govern the ocean, While she conducted her nephews in chase :
By her example,
Their father to trample, The earth old and ample, they soon leave the air;
Neptune the water,
And wine Liber Pater, And Mars the slaughter, to follow the hare.