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368                                  ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
The Canaries (a dance "with sprightly fire and motion," alluded to by Shakespeare, and which, under that name, seems always to have had the same tune) is called " The Canaries, or The Say" in Musictfs Handmaid, 1678. The figure of The Say was also frequently danced in country-dances; but Shackley-hay is the name of a place in the ballad." It is very long—twenty-four stanzas of eight lines—I have, therefore, selected nine from the first part. The second recounts young Palmus's going to sea in an open boat, through fair Sheldra's disdain; his being wrecked and drowned, and the sea-nymphs falling in love with him.
But all in vain she did complain,
For nothing could him move, Till wind did turn him hack again,
And Drought him to his love. When she saw him thus turn'd hy fate, She turn'd her love to mortal hate; Then weeping, to her he did say, I'll live with thee at Shackley-hay.
No, no, quoth she, I thee deny, My love thou once did scorn, And my prayers wouldst not hear, •
But left me here forlorn. And now, heing turn'd hy fate of wind, Thou thinkst to win me to thy mind; Go, go, farewell! I thee deny, Thou shalt not live at Shackley-hay.