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jbw's trump, ditties, etc.
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" Of all the birds that haunt the woods." The ballad of " The bonny Lass, or the buttoned smock," is printed in Pills to purge Melancholy, vi. 144, to the tune of 0 London is a fine town; therefore, The buttoned smock seems to be another name for the tune.
p. 222. Jew's Trump.—I should have added that this is the old name for what we now call the Jew's harp.
p. 222, note a.—Ditties are not only the phrases of melody that recur at the end of every stanza, as in the passage quoted from Rowley's Match at Midnight, but often signify the whole tune. So in P. Fletcher's Purple Island, c. 1:— " But you, O Muses! by soft Chamus sitting, Your dainty songs unto his murmurs fitting, Which bears the under-song unto your cheerful dittying."
p. 229. Green Sleeves.—Perhaps Triumph and Joy was another early name for this popular air. The ballad of Queen Elizabeth at Tilbury is in stanzas of twelve lines (like York, York for my money), and was sung to the tune of Triumph and Joy (Collier's Old Ballads, p. 110); but others to the same air have but eight. See, for instance:—
" Mas Mault he is a gentleman, And hath been since the world began." (Rox., i. 342; Pepys, i. 427; or Evans's Old Ballads, iv. 220.)
York for my money is mentioned in Richard Brome's comedy, The Northern Lasse, where the widow says " You said she sung and spoke it northernly—I have a great many southern songs already, but northern ayres nip it dead—Yorke, Yorke for my money?
p. 232. Green Sleeves and Podding Pies.—This is one of the songs enume­rated in " Sportive Wit: The Muses Merriment,—a new spring of lusty drollery, jovial fancies, and h la mode lamponnes," 8vo., 1656. All there quoted is:— " Green sleeves and pudding pies,
And wot you not where-----"
P.ut this does not agree, even so far, with the version in Boswell's Journal, and the date of 1656 proves that the song could have no reference to Jacobitism.
p. 237. 0 Death ! rock me.—Another song about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. will be found in Harl. MSS., No. 2252, fol. 155. It is "A Ditty setting forth the inconstancy of Fortune," and begins :—
" In a freshe morninge, among the flowrys." It is reprinted in Collett's Relics of Literature. In the same manuscript is a ballad on the battle of Flodden Field (fol. 43, b.), called " The Lamentacione of the Kynge of Scotts," beginning :—
" As y lay rausinge, myself alone; " and Article 156 is on Cardinal Wolsey.
p. 240. Bara Faustus's Dream.—In the Golden Garland of Princely Delights, 3rd edit., 1620, the song of " Come, sweet love, let sorrow cease," is entitled " The Shepheard's Joy : to the tune of Bara Faustus's Dream."
Another name for the tune is " Phoebus is long over the sea." It is found under that title in Nederlandtsche Gedenck-Clanck, 1626; in Friesche Lust-IIof, 1634; and







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