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There are many more in other collections of ballads; as, for instance, in that formed by Mr. Halliwell (see Nos. 106, 118, 161, and 335, in the printed catalogue); but enough have already been quoted to prove the extreme and long-continued popularity of My lodging is on the cold ground.
The only difficulty is in ascertaining the precise time when Matthew Lock's tone was discarded, and that now universally known took its place. I have inot found the former in print after 1670, but it may have been included in some of the editions of Apollo's Banquet, between 1670 and 1690, which I have never seen. The air now known is printed on all the broadsides, with jmusic, of the last century; and it is possible that the ballad-singers may have altogether discarded Matthew Lock's tune, and adopted another,—a liberty sub­sequently taken with Carey's air to his ballad of Sally in our Alley, although quite as melodious as that which they substitued. There is a song to the tune of My lodging it is on the cold ground in The Rape of Helen, 1737, but that ballad-opera is printed without music. The words and music are printed in Vocal Music, or The Songster's Companion, 8vo., 1775, and it has been a stock-song in print from that time. At the commencement of the present century it acquired a new impetus of popularity from the singing of Mrs. Harrison, at Harrison and Knyvett's concerts; and subsequently from that of Mrs. Salmon. About this time it was claimed as an Irish tune by the late T. Moore including it among his Irish Melodies. I believe there is no ground whatever for calling it Irish. The late Edward Bunting, who was engaged to note down all the airs played by the harpers of the different provinces of Ireland, when they were collected together at Belfast, in 1792, and who devoted a long life to the collection of Irish music, distinctly assured me that he did not believe it to be Irish,—that no one of the harpers played the tune,—and that it had no Irish character. I do not think a higher authority as to Irish music could be quoted, or one more tenacious of any infringement upon airs which he considered to be of truly Irish origin. I might add the testimony of Dr. Crotch, Messrs. Ayrton, T. Cooke, J. Augustine "Wade, ; »nd others, both Irish and English, who have expressed similar opinions to that I of Bunting; but, in fact, there is a total want of evidence, external and internal, of ita being an Irish tune. About the same time that Moore claimed it, it was printed in Dublin, in Clifton's " British Melodies."
: . The curious will find a copy of the song for the voice, with accompaniment for the virginals or harpsichord, reprinted from one of the broadsides, in Nat. Eng. Airs.
In Ritson's Scottish Songs, i. 187, 1794, there is a song written by J. D., commencing, " I lo'e na a laddie but ane, to the tune of Sappy Dick Dawson." The tune there printed is a version of My lodging is on the cold ground, curtailed in each alternate phrase to suit words in a shorter metre. I have not looked for the song of Sappy Dick Dawson, but believe that " I lo'e na a laddie but ane" was first printed to that tune in 1790, in the third volume of Johnson's Scots'1 Musical Museum.

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