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p. 483. Now God be with old Simeon, or Hey, Jolly Jenkin.—This is printed as an old catch in vol. iv. of Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany, but thus differing in the latter part:—
"To whom drink you, Sir knave,             Ho! jolly Jenkin, I spy a knave drinking,
Turn the timber like the lave;               Come, troll the bowl to me."
I am informed by the Rev. Thomas Oorser, F.S.A., that the catch is alluded to in Ulpian Fulwell's Eyghth Part of the Liberall Science, 4to., 1579.
p. 488. Conducting by a woman.—The " woman with a rod in her hand," men­tioned by Pepys as " keeping time to the musique," was a pnppet. I mistook the word " motion," in a hastily-written extract, for " notion," although, on collation, the word was corrected in the text.
p. 490,1. 25. Scotch Tunes in the time of Charles II.—In Mr. Halliwell's Collection is a ballad entitled "A loyal subject's admonition, or A true song of Brittain's Civil Wars," &c. " To the the tune of General Monck's right 3Łarch, that was sounded before him from Scotland to London, or The Highlanders' March." " Printed for F. Grove, on Snow Hill." The Highlanders' March is one of the three tunes I have named as in The Dancing Master of 1665. The words of " Johnny, cock thy beaver," are so much in the style of " Jockey is grown a gentleman," that I think them rather a good-humoured joke upon the Scotch, than a genuine Scotch song. The following is Herd's version (Scottish Songs, ii. 205, 1776):— " When first my dear Johny came to this town, Cock up your beaver, cock up your beaver, He had a blue bonnet, it wanted the crown ; Hey, my Johny lad, cock up your beaver; But now he has gotten a bat and a feather, Cock up your beaver, and cock it nae wrang, Hey, my Johny lad, cock up your beaver : We'll a' to England ere it be lang."
p. 495. The King's Jig.—"A new song in praise of the loyal Company of Stationers, who (after the general forfeit), for their singular loyalty, obtain'd the first Charter of London, 1684. To the tune of Winchester Wedding"—is printed in the 180 Loyal Songs, 1685 and 1694. The worshipful Company of Stationers obtained a restitution of their Charter, in consequence of their " dutiful submission" to the Court.
D'Urfey's song, " The Winchester Wedding," was also printed on broadsides with music. The tune (besides the authorities mentioned) is in Salter's Genteel Companion for the Recorder, 1683: in the ballad-operas of Flora; The Devil of a Duke; The Mock Doctor ; The Quakers' Opera; Tfie Highland Fair ; The Jovial Crew; and many more: in The Convivial Songster, 1782; and the words in various song-books of the last century.
A tune called " The King's Jigg," in Blaikie's manuscript, is not the same. It refers, in all probability, to some later King than Charles II.
p. 498. The Wine-Cooper's Delight.—The duty imposed upon French wines in 1681, met with great opposition at the time, and was deemed quite prohibitory. A ballad-writer says:—
" French wine's prohibition meant no other thing Than to poison the subject and beggar the King." And a writer in the Poems on Affairs of State:
" As well may Dutchmen without brandy fight, As English poets without claret write."

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