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Two versions of the tune were printed in National English Airs, The following is the older.
Having lost the transcript of the words of " The Barking Barber," the first four lines of " Date obolum " are printed with the tune.
Nancy Dawson, from whom this tune is named, was a celebrated dancer in the reign of George II. One of her portraits is at the Garrick Club; and there are four different prints of her, one of which, by Spooner, is in Dr. Burney's Collec­tion of Theatrical Portraits in the British Museum. Another is by G. Pulley (folio), dancing a hornpipe, with the song; and a third by Watson. Her life was published in 1760; and Stevens's Dramatic History of Master Edward, Miss Ann, and others, " the extraordinaries of these times," was " a satire upon Edward Shuter, the comedian, and Nancy Dawson, the far-famed toast." From this work it appears that she first appeared, as a dancer, at Sadler's Wells; and as " she was extremely agreeable in her figure, and the novelty of her dancing added to it, with her excellence in her execution, she soon grew to be a favorite with the town; and at the ensuing season was engaged at Covent Garden play­house. She became vastly celebrated, admired, imitated, and followed by every­body." Her death took place at Hampstead on 27th May, 1767, and she was buried in the Chapel of St. George the Martyr, Queen Square, Bloomsbury, where there is a tombstone to her memory, with the laconic inscription, "Here lies Nancy Dawson." She had many good qualities, and among others was very charitable.

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