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398                                   ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
of .three country-dances, with words, to be sung together, and entitled " A Round for three country-dances in one."
Another dance of Robin Hood is printed by Dr. Rimbault, from one of the lute manuscripts at Cambridge, but the same tune bears the name of Robin Heddock in William Ballet's Lute Book.
At the end of the edition of The Dancing Master printed in 1665, Playford added some " new and pleasant English tunes for the treble-violin," which he afterwards published in a separate form, with others, under the title of Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin. The Lady Frances NeviWs Delight is to be found in both collections; in Musick's Delight on the Oithren, 1666; and in sundry manuscripts.
Some copies differ in the second part of the tune, therefore the two versions are here printed.
The title of The Lady Frances Nevills Delight gives no clue to the original words; and, in default of them, Mr. Oxenford has written the following song of Robin Hood. There is a great similarity of character between this air and that of The Hunter in his career (ante p. 256); and in it the reader will probably find a similar resemblance in a modern popular song.

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