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REIGN Off CHARLES II.                                               561
In 1830, it was published under the title of " An old English air, arranged as a Rondo by Samuel Wesley;" but between 1669 and 1830 it appeared in Pills to purge Melancholy, in The merry Musician, and in several ballad operas.
It is printed twice in The Merry Musician ; firstly to a song by D'Urfey, and secondly to one from the ballad-opera of Momus turned Fabulist, commencing— " At Athens in the market-place, A learned sage mounted a stage." In the ballad-operas it generally take3 its name from D'Urfey's song, com­mencing—
" Great Lord Frog to Lady Mouse, Croalieldom he, croalieldom ho ; Dwelling near St. James's House, Cocliy mi chart she ; Rode to make his court one day, In the merry month of May.
When the sun shone bright and gay, Twiddle come, tweedle tn>e." The versions in "the ballad-operas—even the two in The Merry Musician—■ differ considerably, but it may suffice here to give the tune as it is now known, and iu the form in which it was published by Samuel Wesley.

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