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732                                  ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
Oh ! dear! what can the matter be ? Dear! dear! what can the matter be ? Oh ! dear ! what can the matter be 1 Johnny's so long at the fair.
He promis'd he'd bring me a basket of posies, A garland of lilies, a garland of roses, A little straw hat, to set off the blue ribbons That tie up my bonny brown hair.
This song is rather too well known among the peasantry. A friend informed me, twenty years ago, that he had heard it sung by several hundred voices together, at Windsor, on the occasion of one of the harvest-homes of King George IV.
It is well known to another class, by Mr. J. 11. Planche's charming song, " In the Spring time of the year."

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