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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC
interlude, The longer thou livest the more fool thou qrt, 1568. It is not in the precise measure—there should be two long syllables, instead of " out of Kent," in the second bar, &c.—but I cannot find any old ballad, -with similar burdens, that corresponds exactly.
DEERY DOWN. This tune is referred to as The Abbot of Canterbury; as Berry doivn; as A Cobbler there was; and as Death and the Cobbler.
Henry Carey, in his Musical Century, 1740, i. 53, gives a song commencing— "King George he was born in the month of October— 'Tis a sin for a subject that month to be sober;" which is to this tune; and he says, " The melody stolen from an old ballad, called Death and the Cobbler."
In Watts' Musical Miscellany, 1729, i. 94, is " A ballad to the old tune, The
Abbot of Canterbury;" and, in the second volume of the same collection,
"A Cobbler there was, set by Mr. Leveridge," who was then living. The tunes
are essentially the same, but Leveridge altered a few notes in the second part.
Dr. Percy remarks that " the common popular ballad of King John and the