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REIGN OF CHARLES II. TO WILLIAM III.                              595
NOBE'S MAGGOT [WHIM OR FANCY].
In The Dancing Master of 1703, this is entitled N'obe's Maggot. In The Devil to Pay another version is named There was a maid in the West.
There are many tunes of this class, closely resembling each other in character, and sometimes in actual notes. I think them all to be hornpipes or jigs.
Not having found the words of "There was a maid in the West," I have adapted a song in Round about our Goal-fire, or Christmas Entertainments, 4th edit., 1734.
Then, for your Christmas-box,
Sweet plum-cakes, and money, Delicate Holland smocks,
Kisses sweet as honey. Hey for the Christmas ball,
Where we shall be jolly, Coupling short and tall,
Kate, Dick, Ralph, and Molly.
Then to the hop we'll go,
Where we'll jig, and caper Cuckolds all a row ;
Will shall pay the scraper : Hodge shall dance with Prue,
Keeping time with kisses ; We'll have a jovial crew
Of sweet and smiling misses.
THERE WAS A PRETTY LASS, AND A TENANT OF MY OWN. This ballad is printed on broadsides with music, under the title of The con­descending Lass. The air was extremely popular, and introduced into the following ballad operas: The Beggars' Wedding ; The Jovial Grew ; The Generous Freemason; Robin Hood; The Livery Rake ; The Lover his own Rival; The Court Legacy; and The Grub Street Opera.
It is sometimes entitled, A Tenant of my own ; and sometimes, I had a pretty girl and a tenant, &c.
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