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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I.                                367
To a new Northern tune, or A health to Betty." Printed at London for J. H., and beginning— "As I was walking all alone." In the Roxburghe Collection, i. 318, " The pair of Northern Turtles— Whose love was firm, till cruel death Deprived them both of life and breath." This is also " to a new Northern tune, or A health to Betty," and commences— " Farewell, farewell, my dearest dear, All happiness wait on thee."
The only copy I have found of this tune is in the Skene Manuscript, temp. Charles I.
It seems to derive its name from " A most excellent song of the love-of young Palmus and faire Sheldra, with their unfortunate love." Copies of this, " to the tune of Shackley-hay," are in the Pepys Collection, i. 350; in the Koxburgho, i. 436 and 472; the Bagford, fol. 75; and it is reprinted in Evans' Old Ballads, i. 50.
In the Pepys Collection, i. 344, is a ballad of " Leander's love to Hero. To the tune of Shackley-hay" beginning—
" Two famous lovers once there was."
In Westminster Drollery, 1671 and 1674, " A Song of the Declensions. The tune is Shackle de hay," and the same, with two others, in Grammatical Drollery, by W. H. (Captain Hicks), 1682.
In the Koxburghe Collection, ii. 244, and the Douce Collection, p. 109, is " The Knitter's Job: Or the earnest suitor of Walton town to a fair maid, with her modest answers, and conclusion of their intents. To the tune of Shackley-
hey." It commences thus:— " Within the town of Walton fair,
A lovely lass did dwell; Both carding, spinning, knitting yarn,
She could do all full well.
This maid she many suitors had, And some were good, and some were bad. Fa, la la la la, &c.

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