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780                                                    APPENDIX.
man's resolution to prove constant to his sweetheart. To the tune of Omnia vincit amor." It commences :—
"The damask rose, or lily fair,                      The fairest dames she doth excel
The cowslip and the pansy,                        In all the world that may he,
With my true love cannot compare              Which makes me thus her praises tell,
For heauty or for fancy.                             So sweet is the lass that loves me."
The tune of Omnia vincit amor is to be found in the Skene manuscript, and perhaps it is also the air referred to under the name of The Damask Rose, as the ballad commences with those words.
p. 356. Grammercy Penny.—This name is probably derived from a ballad in the Pepys Collection, i. 218, " Oh gramercy Penny: Being a Lancashire ditty, and chiefly penn'd To prove that a penny's a man's best friend : To the tune of Its better late thrive than never." It is subscribed Ij. P., and " printed for M. Trundle, widdow." The first line is " When I call to mind those jovial days."
p. 362.—Gather tour rosebuds is included in Playford's Select Musical Ayres, 1652, and a ballad to the tune will be found in the Bagford Collection, 643, m. 11, p. 57.
p. 362. Three merry boys are we.—The words are in the Antidote to Melancholy, 1661, and are parodied in D'Urfey's play, The Modern Prophets.
p. 363. Cupid's Courtesy.—This ballad was licensed, with others, to Coles, Wright, Vere, and Gilbertson, during the Protectorate, viz., on 13th March, 1655.
p. 367.—Shackley-Hay was entered at Stationers' Hall on 16th March, 1612, to " Mystres White, late wife of Mr. Edward White, sen.," as " A pleasant songe of Yonge Palmus and fayr Sheldra."
p. 370.—Franklin is fled away was parodied as late as 1782 in The Convivial Songster, and the tune there printed. The words commence, " O let no eyes be dry, 0 hone, 0 hone."
p. 390. Robin Hood.—" When Sherwood forest was surveyed in the reign of James I., it consisted of 95,117 acres." {Nichols's Progresses, ii, 460.)
p. 408. Old Custom OF Kissing.—Philip, second Earl of Chesterfield, says in his Short Notes, that, in 1662, when the Infanta of Portugal was met by the Duke of York, afterwards James II., " His royal Highness, out of compliment to the King, would not salute her, to the end that his Majesty might be the first man that ever had received that favour; she coming out of a country where it was not the fashion." Pepys, however, tells us that within ten days of their arrival in England, the Portuguese ladies who came with the Queen had " learnt to kiss and look freely up and down," and he adds, " I do believe they will soon forget the recluse practice of their own country." " To kiss and to be kissed," says Burton, " is as a burden to a song, and a most forcible battery, a great allurement, a fire in itself." (Love Melan­choly, Part iii., Sec. 2.)







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