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Dictionary. " Awd men are twice bairnes" is one of the Yorkshire proverbs, at the end of The Praise of Yorkshire Ale, by G. M., Gent., 8vo., York, 1697. It would have been unnecessary to refer at such length to Mr. Stenhouse's " notes," if they had not been transferred to more recent works; but, in t:ie first place, the editor of Messrs. Blackie's Booh of Scottish Song repeats his statement, that "the original Scotch words are to be found in Playford's Choke Ayres." In the second, Mr. Stenhouse telling us that this song was " originally written by Francis Semple, Esq., of Beltrees, about the year 1650," it has been recently printed among poems by Francis Sempill. Even the learned editor of Wood's Songs of Scotland does not question statements so audaciously put forth, although he has frequently had occasion to convict Mr. Ste;ihouse of misquoting the contents of music-boooks that he pretended to have read, but was unable to decipher.
In D'Urfey's Songs and Poems, the last line is " This angel let me in," which in my copy is altered by a contemporary hand to " The fair one," as it stands in all other copies.

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