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MARK HOW THE BLUSHFUL MORN, MARTIN PARKER, ETC.            781
p. 414. Mark how the blushful morn.—Although attributed to Charles I. in the manuscript, the music of this song is printed with the name of Nicholas Lanier in Select Ayres and Dialogues, Book ii., 1669, and I suspect the printed authority to be better than the manuscript.
p. 418. Martin Parker.—In 1640, the London petition complained of " the e warming of lascivious, idle, and unprofitable books and pamphlets, play-books and ballads, as namely, Ovid's Fits of Love, The Parliament of Women, Barns's Poems, and Parker's Ballads." (Southey's Common-place Book, p. 531.) In the intro­ductory poem to Austen's Naps upon Parnassus, 8vo., 1658, Parker is styled " The Ballad-Maker Laureat of London." One of hi3 little books, " The most admirable Historie of that most renowned Christian worthy, Arthur, King of the Britaines," remained long in popular favour.
p. 419. Thomas Herbert.—The author of " Mercurie's Message defended against the vain, foolish, and absurd cavils of Thomas Herbert, a ridiculous ballad-maker," accuses Herbert of having written Rome's ABC against Archbishop Laud, and says, " In a blind alehouse, I heard a crew of roaring ballad-singers trouling out a merry ballad, called The more knaves the better company. And one among the rest cried out, ' Well sung, Herbert,' who, as it seems, bore up the base among them, and in that deboist [debauched] manner consumeth his time; and when his money is all spent (as for most part it is six or seven times a week), writes a new merry book, a good godly ballad, or some such excellent piece of stuffe, even as the droppings of the spigot enliveneth his muddy muse to put his feeble purse into fresh stock again."
p. 425,1.26. The good old cause.—The Puritans' definition of their by-word, "The good old Cause," was " religion and the laws." (See Dryden's Marriage & la Mode, Act iv., sc. 3.) They who sided with the king called themselves " Tantivy-boys" and " Tantivitiers," the name of " Cavaliers" being commonly applied to the upper classes only.
p. 426,1.-1. The clean contrary way.—There are many more ballads to the tune of The clean contrary may. One in the Roxburghe Collection, ii. 571, was printed in 1681, and another, in the third volume, has the burden of The clean con­trary way, and the name of the tune given as Hey, boys, up go we. This is entitled " Animadversions on the Lady Marquess," and begins—
" The lady marquess and her gang                    But if she be, 'tis of the Sluts, Are most in favour seen,                                For all her fine array ;
With coach and men on her to tend,               Her honour reaches to the skies, As if she were a queen.                                  But the clean contrary way," &c.
"Printed for J. Jordan,at the Angel in Guiltspur Street."
p. 430. Vive le Roy.—In Mrs. Behn's comedy, Tlie Pound-heads, or The good old Cause, she twice represents the mob as shouting " Vive le Roy." Evelyn tells us in his diary that when James II. made his first speech to the Houses of Parliament, they answered by cries of Vive le Poi. Other instances of its use have been cited under the head of God save the King (ante p. 699).







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