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This tune is contained in The Dancing Master of 1675, and in every subsequent edition.
A tune called Newmarket ia sometimes referred to in ballads, as " The Country Farmer, or The buxom Virgin: to a new tune called Newmarket, or King James1 Jigg " (Rox. ii. 77), but " To horse, brave boys, to horse " seems intended, rather than this.
In the Travels of Cosmo, 3rd Grand Duke of Tuscany, throughout England, in 1669, he says, " Newmarket has, in the present day, been brought into repute by the King [Charles II], who frequents it on account of the horse-races; having been before celebrated only for the market for victuals, which was held there, and was a very abundant one." When Charles visited Newmarket, Tom D'Urfey used often to sing to him: one of his songs, which is named after the town, and begins " The golden age is come," was printed in one of D'Urfey's collections, and in the Pills, as having been " sung to the King there."

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