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REIGN OF QUEEN ANNE TO GEORGE II.
639
POOR ROBIN'S MAGGOT.
This tune is contained in the second volume of The Dancing Master; in Pills to purge Melancholy, i. 132, 1719; in The Beggars' Opera; The Generous Fnemason, and other ballad-operas. It is also known in the present day as one of ■' The Lancers Quadrilles."
In The Dancing Master it is named Poor Robin's Maggot; in the Pills and baliad-operas, "Would you win a young virgin of fifteen years." This is from a song by D'Urfey, in his play of Modern Prophets, 4to., 1709.
The words in The Beggars' Opera, " If the heart of a man is deprest with cares," are still occasionally sung to the air; but I have here adopted the song in The Generous Freemason (8vo., 1731), one of the ballad-operas performed at Bartholomew Fair.
The words carry out the adage that " faint heart never won fair lady."







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