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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
THREE MERRY MEN OF KENT.
In the ballad-opera of The Jovial Crew, the old name of this air is given as Three merry men of Kent.
In Folly in print, or a Book of Rymes, 1667, is a song entitled " Three merry boys of Kent," to the tune of I rode from Mngland into France ; but I have not found " Three merry men of Kent."
The words sung to the tune in The Jovial Grew, form the fourth stanza of a song commencing, " He that will not merry be."
It was printed on broadsides, and in several of the collections of old songs which were published in the early part of the last century. The three first stanzas are here copied from A complete Collection of old and new Mnglish and Scotch Songs, with their respective tunes prefixed, 8vo., 1735, i. 137 :
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He that will not merry, merry be, And take his glass in course,
May he he obliged to drink small beer, Ne'er a penny in his purse.
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He that will not merry, merry be, With a company of jolly boys,
May he be plagued with a scolding wife, To confound him with her noise. Let. him be merry, Sgc.







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