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This is one of the airs -which were introduced-in the ballad-opera of The Jovial Grew in 1731. I have not found the original words, but a song commencing in a very similar manner, " A lass there lives upon the green," was set to music by Mr. Courteville. On comparing the two, I find Courteville's music to be quite different, and therefore the words were probably different also.
The song in The Jovial Crew is thus prefaced by Rachel, who sings it: "I re­member an old song of my nurse's, every word of which she believ'd as much as her Psalter, that used to make me long, when I was a girl, to be abroad in a moonlight night."

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