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The earliest form in -which I have observed it in print is as a country-dance, entitled Smiling Polly. In several of the collections of the last century, such as Thompson's 200 Country Dances, ii. 63 [1765], it is so included. In these copies the second part of the tune differs.
The words of The keel row are in Ritson's Northumberland Garland, 1793 ; in Bell's Rhymes of the Northern Bards, 1812 ; and in several later collections.
O whe's like my Johnny,
Sae leish, sae blithe, sae bonny ?
He's foremost among the mony
Keel lads o' coaly Tyne : He'll set and row so tightly, Or in the dance—so sprightly— He'll cut and shuffle sightly ;
Tis true—were he not mine.
He wears a blue bonnet, Blue bonnet, blue bonnet; He wears a blue bonnet,—
A dimple in his chin : And weel may the keel row, The keel row, the keel row ; And weel may the keel row,
That my laddie's in.
This air is now better known as " When the rosy morn appearing," from the words which were sung to it, as a Round, in the opera of Rosina. " Care, thou canker of our joys," was written by the Rev. Dr. Grant, and I was informed by the late Ralph Banks, organist of Rochester Cathedral, that the tune was com­posed by John Garth, of Durham, the adapter of English words to Marcello's Psalms. It has never been published with any name attached.
Charles Mackay's song, " Trusting heart, though men deceive thee," was written to the tune.

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