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462                                   ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
I AM A POOR SHEPHERD UNDONE. This tune has two names, 1 am a poor shepherd undone, and Sey, ho, my honey. It is found in The Dancing Master of 1665 ; next, in the edition of 1686, and in all later : in Pills to purge Melancholy, vi. 284 : in Apollo's Banquet for thy Treble Violin, &c.
In the King's Pamphlets, vol. 15, fol.; in the Bagford Collection, p. 67 ; in Loyal Songs, ii. 67; and in Wright's Political Ballads, p. 146, are copies of "A proper new Ballad on the Old Parliament, or the second part of Knave out of doores. To the tune of—
Hei, ho, my honey, my heart shall never rue;
Four-and-twenty now for your money, and yet a hard pennyworth too."
The copy in the King's Pamphlets is dated Dec. 11, 1659. The ballad begins " Good morrow, my neighbours all, what news is this I heard tell," &c.
In the Roxburghe Collection, ii. 54, and Collier's Boxburghe Ballads, p. 298, are " A Caveat for young men, or The bad husband turn'd thrifty," &c. " To the tune of Sey, ho, my honey" beginning " All you young ranting blades that spend your time in vain," by John Wade. Printed by W. Thackeray,-T. Passinger, and W. Whitwood.
Ritson quotes Wade as the author of a ballad entitled " The Maiden's sad Complaint for want of a Husband, &c. To the new West Country tune, or Sogh when shall 1 be married." It commences thus :—
" Oh! when shall I he married,                  My father hath forty good shillings,
Oh ! be married ?                                   Oh ! good shillings,
My beauty begins to decay;                     And never a daughter but me;
' 'Tis time to find out somebody,                My mother is also willing,
Oh I somebody,                                      Oh ! so willing,
Before it is quite gone away.                    That I shall have all if she die."
The black-letter copy of this ballad in the Douce Collection (p. 67) was printed for Richard Burton, at the Horse Shoe in West Smithfield (time of the Com­monwealth). It consists of 14 stanzas, three of which (beginning with " My father has forty good shillings") have been appropriated in Collections of Scotch Songs.
Hey, ho, my honey, is also one of the tunes to which " The valiant Seamen's Congratulation" to Charles II. on his accession, was to be sung (ante p. 292).
In Pills to purge Melancholy, the following is entitled "The distress'd Shepherd:"—
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