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in Dr. Camphuysen's Stichtelyche Hymen, 1647; sometimes with the addition of Barm Faustus's Dream.
p. 241. Spanish Pa van.—The " Engelsche indraeyende Dans Londesteyn" (tha turning dance of London) in Friesehe Lust-Hof, 1634, is another version of this tune. The two first bars are identical. I lorn my love for love again, in the Skene MS., is the same, after the first eight bars.
p. 244, note a.—The Bandora is proved to have been Strang with wire by a pas­sage in Hey wood's Fair Maid of the Exchange, where he compares a lady's hair to " bandora wires."
p. 256. The Hunter in his Career.—Among the ballads to this tune under the title of Basse's Career, are " Hubert's Ghost" (Bagford Coll., 643, m. 10, fol. 49) ; " The hasty Bridegroom " (Rox., ii. 208) ; and " Wit's never good till 'tis bought " (Collier's Roxburghe Ballads, p. 264).
p. 260, note a. Johnny Armstrong.—Another English ballad about this hero is entitled " Johnny Armstrong's last Good-night; shewing how John Armstrong with his eight-score men fought a bloody battle with the Scotch King, at Edenborough. To a pretty Northern Tune : " commencing :—
" Is there ever a man in all Scotland,
From the highest estate to the lowest degree, That can shew himself before our King ? Scotland is so full of treachery," &c.
A copy in the Bagford Collection (643, m. 10, p. 94), printed by and for W. 0[nley]; also in Old Ballads, 1727, i. 170, and in Evans's Old Ballads, iii. 101, 1810. The tune is referred to in the Roxbnrghe Coll., ii. 499, where " The West-country Damosel's Complaint" is to be sung to it. Evans prints a third ballad (commencing "As it fell out one Whitsunday"), under the impression that it relates to the same person, but he is there transformed into Sir John Armstrong, and competes with Sir Michael Musgrave, a Scotch knight, for the daughter of Lady Dacres. After winning her, Armstrong is killed by his rival. See Rox., ii. 261, or Evans, iii. 107.
p. 262. Old Sir Simon the King.—In " Hans Beer-pot, his invisible Coraedie of See me and see me not" (4to., 1618), Cornelius says that gentlemen did not formerly avow drunkenness, but "now beggars say they are drunk like gentlemen." He adds that he has heard " an old fantastique rime : "—
" Gentlemen are sieke, and Parsons ill at ease, But serving men are drunke, and all have one disease." These lines are a paraphrase of the two following in " Old Sir Simon:"— " My hostess was sick of the mumps, the maid was ill at her ease, The tapster was drunk in his dumps ; they were all of one disease." Again in " The famous Historie of Fryer Bacon :"—
" Lawyers they are sicke, and Fryers are ill at ease, But poor men they are drunke, and all is one disease."
I am informed by Mr. Payne Collier that Friar Bacon was printed soon after 1580, and these quotations increase the probability of Ritson's conjecture that the " hey, ding a ding," mentioned in Laneham's Letter in 1575, was Old Sir Simon.

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