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750                                   ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
This is a well-known tune to which several songs are sung. I am told that The Derbyshire Miller is one, but have not seen the words.
The following fragment was noted down, with the tune, from the singing of Mr. Charles Sloman:—
CHRISTMAS CAROLS. Christmas Carols were of two sorts: the one serious, and commonly sung through the streets, or from house to house, to usher in the Christmas morning; the other of a convivial character, and adapted to the festive entertainments of the season. We have seen how, in the fifteenth century, a minstrel could make one tune to answer for both,—singing
" Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, This is the salutation of the Angel Gabriel," in the morning, to the same tune as
" Bring us in good ale, and bring us in good ale, For our blessed lady's Bake, bring us in good ale,"

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