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better music with a Chevy Chace over a pot of smooth ale, deserved well to pay the reckoning, and to go away athirst." {Life of Locke, by Lord King.)
p. 204. It was a lover and his lass.—This music was composed by Morley, and is included in " The first booke of Ayres or Little Short Songs to sing and play to the Lute, with the Base Viole, newly published by Thomas Morley, Bacheler of Musicke, and one of the gentlemen of Her Majestie's Royal Chappell." This collection was " imprinted at London" by William Barley, in 1600, and dedicated to Ralph Bosvile, Esq. (folio). An imperfect copy of this now rare book was a few years ago in the possession of Rodd, the bookseller. Mr. Oliphant had then the opportunity of transcribing the music of this song, and to him I am indebted for the information, and for a copy.
p. 206. O willow, willow.—The music is included in Thomas Dallis's MS. Lute-book, under the name of " All a greane willowe." Dallis was a music-teacher at Cambridge, and his book, which bears the date of 1583, is now in the library of Trinity College, Dublin. (D. iii., 30.)
"Shall Camillo then sing Willow, willow, willow?1' says Middleton, in his Blurt Master Constable. The ballad was quite proverbial, and parodied as late as 1686, when, in Book ii. of Playford's Pleasant Musical Companion, we find " A poor soul sate sighing near a gingerbread stall," &c.
p. 208. Whoop ! do me no harm.—The tune was arranged with variations by W. Corkine, and printed in Lessons for the Lyra-Viol, &c, 1610. In the Famous History of Friar Bacon, there is a ballad to the tune of " O do me no harme, good man." In the Pepys Collection, i. 152, is " The golden age, or an age of plain deal­ing : to a pleasant new court tune, or YVhoope, doe me no harme, good man-" and at p. 156, "The honest age," &c, "to the tune of The golden age!' At p. 384, " The wiving age, to the tune of The golden age." At p. 400, " The Cooper of Norfolk, to the tune of The wiving age." At p. 248, " A merry ballad of a rich maid that had eighteen severall suitors of severall countries: otherwise called The scornefull Maid. To the tune of Hoop, doe me no harme, good man." These ballads were printed by J[ohn] T[rundle] or Henry Gosson.
In the second part of Westminster Drollery, 1672, is a ballad " Of Johnny and
Jinny," which seems to have been intended for the tune. It commences:—
"■ The sweet pretty Jinny sate on a hill,
Where Johnny the swain her see,
He tun'd his quill, and sung to her still,
Whoop, Jinny, come down to me."
p. 213. Song on the Spanish Armada.—This is also contained in "A Banquet of Jests new and old," by Archie, the King's Jester, 8vo., Lond., 1657, and entitled " An old song on the Spanish Armado in '88." It varies but slightly from the copy in Westminster Drollery.
p. 219. London is a fine town.—Other versions of this ballad are in Ashmole's MSS. 36 and 37, p. 318, and in Mr. Payne Collier's MS., time of James I.
In the Pepys Collection, i. 406, is " The Cuckowe's Comendation," &c, " a merry Maying song, in praise of the cuckow: To the tune of Tlie buttoned smock," beginning

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