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794                       CHARACTERISTICS OF ENGLISH NATIONAL AIRS,
with terminations of this kind. The following is " Oh ! the Oak and the Ash, and the bonny Ivy Tree," from Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book, under the name of Quodling's Delight. The change of name caused me to overlook it when giving an account of that air; but it may also be adduced to shew that these endings are not peculiar to Ireland.
" Qqodling's Delight," No. 113, p. 213, there arranged by Giles Farnaby :—
I have alluded to the alteration of tunes by collectors of Scottish music, to make them upon what they call the Scottish scale. The following is a case in point; for, although Burns thought the tune of Ye tanks and braes o' bonny Doon to have been made by an amateur, in trying over the black keys of the pianoforte, with the aid of Stephen Clarke, the English editor of Johnson's Scots' Musical Museum, it is clear that nothing more was effected than the alteration of a note or two, and the trans­position of the symphony of an older song. The following was printed upon half-sheets, and included in Dale's Collection of English Songs (i. 157). Dale commenced printing in 1780, but I cannot give the date of this publication, because, the collec­tion consisting exclusively of old songs, he made no entry at Stationers' Hall, as in other cases. It is, unquestionably, anterior to " Ye banks and braes o' bonny Doon."







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