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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
SWEET NELLY, MY HEART'S DELIGHT.
This song is usually entitled The Farmer''s Son ; it was extremely popular at the commencement of the last century, and remains so to the present day. Mr. J. H. Dixon informs me that " it is still regularly printed in Yorkshire, and that no song is more in favour with the small farmers and the peasantry."
It is contained in The Merry Musician, or A Cure for the Spleen, ii. 78; in Watts's Musical Miscellany, i. 130 (1729) ; in The British Musical Miscellany, or The Delightful Qrove, published by Walsh, and there are numerous extant copies on broadsides.
The air was introduced in many ballad-operas, such as The Lovers' Opera, The Footman, &c.; and the words printed in many song-books.







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