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This tune was introduced into several of the ballad-operas, such as The Fashionable Lady, 1730; The Livery Hake, 1733; The Woman of Taste, 1738; &c. It was also printed on broadsides to a " Dialogue between Sly and Lovett, at Fielding's Booth, at Bartholomew Fair."
There are four different songs to it, " Sweet, if you love me, tell me so;" " Sweet, if you love me, come away;" " Sweet, if you love me, smiling turn; " and " Sweet, if you love me, let me go."
Touch the thing being a' vulgar song with a good tune, Miss Catley sang other words to it in The Crolden Pippin, and with great success. From that time (1773) comic songs have been written to it without number.
"Push about the jorum" is the burden of the song in The Q-olden Pippin, and the tune is now generally known by that name.
In the Roxburghe Collection, iii. 765, and in Ritson's Durham Garland, are copies of "A new song called Hark to Winchester! or the Yorkshire Volunteers^ Farewell to the good folks of Stockton. Tune, Push about the jorum." The Roxburghe copy was printed at Stockton.
Among the late songs which were sung to the tune, and attained popularity, is one on the coronation of her present Majesty, and a second on an order from the Admiralty which obliged sailors to cut off their pigtails.. The latter is entitled " The British Sailor's Lament," and was written by Mr. William Ball.
The first stanza of "Hark to Winchester!" is here adapted to the tune.

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