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456                                   ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
Heroic Poem and choice Songs and Medleyes on the times, " Philander," fol. 1682. The following is to the version called An old woman clothed in grey—
I WOULD I WERE IN MY OWN COUNTRY. This tune is in Sir John Hawkins' Transcripts of Music for the Virginals; also in The Dancing Master, from 1650 to 1701, under the name of Godes'ses.
A black-letter copy of the ballad, I would I were in my own country, is in the Roxburghe Collection, ii. 367, entitled " The Northern Lasses Lamentation; or The Unhappy Maid's Misfortune;" and prefaced by the following lines:— " Since she did from her friends depart,        Being always fill'd with discontent;
No earthly thing can cheer her heart;        Resolving to do nought but mourn,
But still she doth her case lament,             Till to the North she doth return.
To the tune, I would I were in my own country." Printed for P. Brooksby at the Golden Ball, in West Smithfield; and reprinted in Evans' Old Ballads, i. 115 (1810).
T':e following were sung to the same tune :— Pepys Coll., i. 266. " Newes frpm Tower Hill; or—
" A gentle warning to Peg and Kate To walk no more abroad so late."

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