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not shirking the difficulties. Denham was a strange



mixture of dirt and precious metal. His " Lines on the
death of Cowley" dispose us to love him, and the way in
which he saved George Wither is a perfection of humour.
This " Colchester Quaker " is also in the Rump, early
edition, 1660, p. 6; 1662, i. 354; Loyal Sgs., i. 231, the
editions of Denham and of CLEVELAND. Tune, Tom of
Bedlam, like "Am I mad ?" Compare "All you that have
two," &c., and " All Christians and Lay Elders too," in
the Rump, i. 358 ; i. 350.

Page 60. My Mistris is a skittle-cock.
In Wit and Drollery, 1661. Tune, "To all you Ladies."

Page 62. Will you hear a strange thing, &c.

See Introduction, p. xviii. Date, April, 1653. It is also in
the Rump Coll., i. 305. Loyal Sgs. i. 189. Wilkins
Polit. Bds., i. 100. Compare Carlyle's Cromwell.

Page 66. Vie sing you a Sonnet, &c.

Tune, " The Blacksmith," giving it the popular burden
of "Which no body can deny; " in Pills iii. 138. Old
Bds., 1727, iii. 187. Windsor Drollery, 1672, p. 93.

Page 69. Bacchus, I am [,] come from, &c.

This (not found elsewhere) is a parody on John Fletcher's
song, in " The Mad Lover," Act iv. Sc. i

Orpheus I am, come from the deeps beloiv,

To thee,fond man, the plagues of love to show.

To the fair ji elds 'where loves eternal divell [&c.

There's none that come, butjirst they pass through hell,

It is sung by Stremon, disguised as Orpheus, to sooth the
Mad Lover, Memnon. Date before 1625, but not printed
until 1647.

Page 69. Be not thou so foolish nice.

Before 1656, as it is in Musarum Delicite, p. 58; 1873 Re-
print, p. 75. Page


Page 70. Aske me no more ivhy there appears.

Asserted to have been written in 1642, and not improbably
by THOMAS JORDAN. It is in his " Royal Arbor of Loyal
Poesie" (1664); p. 84 of J. P. Collier's Reprint. Rump
(1662), i. 68. Loyal Sgs., i. 41.

Page 72. A Session ivas held the other day.

By SIR JOHN SUCKLING. Written about 1637 ; and
found, with a few variations, but always the one broken
verse, in all editions of his poems. Compare other Ses-
sions, viz., " Apollo concerned to view the transgressions,"
Poems on State Affairs, i. 206 ; Rochester's, or Villiers's
" Since the sons of the Muses ; " R.'s, and V.'s Poems ;
and "One night the great Apollo pleased with Ben,"
(With Notes to each of these, and to the present poem, in
our forthcoming Reprint) in the rare " Choice Drollery,"

Page 77. / came unto a Puritan to ivoo.
Also in Rump Coll., i. 194, and Loyal Sgs., i. 122.

Page 82. In Eighty Eight, e'er Iiv as born.

Also in Choice Drollery, 1656, p. 38, the earliest printed
version known to us. We gave the Harleian MS.
version, No. 791, fol. 59, in Appendix to Westminster
Drollery, p. 38. Cp. the very different re-casting, "Some
years of late, in eighty eight," in same vol., Part I. p. 93 ;
land in J. O. Halliwell's Naval Bds., Percy Soc., ii. 18.

Page 85. If every 'woman ivere serif d, &c.

With music in Pills (1700 and 1719), iv. no. Also in
Windsor Drollery, 57. As Hamlet puts it, " Give every
man after his dessert, and who shall 'scape whipping ? "

Page 87. Some Christian people all gi've ear.

See Introduction, p. ix., for modern condensation of
this burlesque. Tune, Chevy Chase. Given with music



in Pills, iv. i. 1719. Dr. Wagstaffe quotes first verse of
modernization, before 1726, in his " Character of Richard
St[ee]le, Esq."

Page 91. Come, my Daphne y come aivay.

By JAMES SHIRLEY, whom Charles Lamb designates
" the last of a great race, all of whom spoke nearly the
same language, and had a set of moral feelings and no-
tions in common." We sadly need a fresh edition of
Shirley (and of Middleton), Dyce's work of 1833 having
become scarce. The present song was set to music by
William Lawes. It belongs to Shirley's tragedy, " The
Cardinal," Act v. Sc. 3, 1652. It appears, with the
music, the same year, in Playford's Select Ay res, ii., p. 6.
Title, song of Strephon and Daphne. In Windsor Drol-
lery, 115. Acad. Compl., 1670, p. 206. Wit's Academy,
79. Dyce's Shirley, v. 344.

Page 92. Cast your Caps and cares aivay.

By JOHN FLETCHER, in " Beggar's Bush," Act ii. Sc. i. ;
before 1625. Given in Windsor Drollery, 87. Sgs. of
Dramatists, 125.

Page 93. When first the Scottish War began*
Compare Bagford Coll., ii. 96. In Rump, L 228 ; Loyal
Sgs. (1731). i- 5.8.

Page 95. My Brethren all attend '

See Introduction, p. viii. The final verse touches the same
chord that vibrates so sweetly in Mrs. Hemans' poem, to
which her sister set the music. We would gladly give
the entire poem, though men ought to know it by heart.
The Mayflower Pilgrim Fathers belong to all of us, and
the story of their landing and of their early privations is
perhaps as dear even as that of the Pitcairn Islanders.
Involuntarily, there breaks through the burlesque of
Merry Drollery something not unallied to earnestness in
the " Zealous Puritan." Read the final verse, and com-


pare the song which has become a national hymn on the
shores of America :

" Not as the flying come,

In silence and in fear,-^
They shook the depths of the forest gloom

With their hymns of lofty cheer.

Amid the storm they sang,

And the stars heard, and the sea /
And the sounding aisles of the dim ivoods rang

To the anthem of the free."

Page 97. Come, let us drink, the time invites.

Loyal Garland, 1686. Repr. by Percy Soc., xxix. 28.
Old Bds., iii. 159.

Page 99. In the merry month of May.

By NICHOLAS BRETON, about 1580. In "England's
Helicon," 1600. With music by Dr. John- Wilson, in
Playford's Select Ay res, 1659, P- 99- Also among Mad-
rigals by Michael Este, 1604. In Pills, iii. 51. Percy's
Reliques, iii. Bk. I. No. 10. Calliope (music, 1788), 309.
Ritson, Engl. Sgs., i. 235.

England's Helicon reads : In a morne ;, Forth I 'walked
by the 'wood-side ; his pride ; Phillida ; God wot, He
'would love &f she 'would not. She said neuer man was
true, He said, none r was false to you \ haue no. wrong.
Till they did ; shepheard call ; witness truth : Never
loved a truer youth. Was made the lady, &c.

Page 100. Room for the best Poets heroic !

This first appeared among " Certain [Satyrical] Verses,
written by several of the Author's friends, to be reprinted
with the second edition of Gondibert." [April 30] 1653.
Another poem from the same volume is given on our page
1 1 8, beginning "After so many sore mishaps." These
scurrilous lampoons on Sir William D'Avenant (whose
mode of spelling his name was sneered at,) were fol-


lowed by another volume, entitled, " The Incomparable
Poem of Gondibert Vindicated," &c, Isaac D' Israeli, in
an interesting paper entitled "D'Avenant and a Club of
Wits " (in his " Quarrels of Authors," pp. 403-414, edit.
1867), gives ample evidence that this second volume was
by the same or similar malicious wits as the " Four
Esquires " who concocted the " Certain Verses." . The
received error is that the Vindication came from the
author : even Maidment and Logan, recently editing
D'Avenant, seem to think thus, they having probably,
like ourselves, been unable to see the later publication.
Aubrey mentions George Villiers, D. of Buckingham, as
being responsible ; but the Four are understood to have
been Sir John Denham and John Donne, Sir Allan
Broderick and Will Crofts.

Page 101. /'// tell thee, Dick, "where I have been.

This unequalled " Parley between two West Country-
men," " On the sight of a Wedding," is to be found in
the Antidote against Melancholy, 40; Pills iii. 132 (with
the music) ; Dryden's Misc. Poems, i. 154 (ed. 1716);
and all editions of its author, SIR JOHN SUCKLING. The
wedding referred to was that of Roger Boyle, Lord Brog-
hill, afterwards first Earl of Orrery, with the beautiful
Lady Margaret Howard, daughter of Theophilus, Earl of
Suffolk. Suckling wrote another poem on the occasion,
beginning " In bed, dull man, when Love and Hymen's
revels are begun." The exact date of the marriage (Tho.
Morrice, in memoir of Boyle, does not give it), 1641, fixes
that of the poems. Suffolk house with its grand stair-
case " at Charing Cross," where men sold their hay, has
been lately destroyed : the massive Northumberland
House. The mutilation of the ballad, in 1836, by the
Rev. Alfred Suckling (who went against the proverb, and
tried to dirty his own family nest in the Memoir) is inex-
cusable. Wm. Chappell gives the music, Pop. M.,p. 360.
For Imitations of this Ballad, see Additional Note, and
the Appendix to Westminster Drollery, pp. lxviii.-ix.;
" Now that Love's Holyday," &c., was by John Cleveland,
before 1658.



Page 107. HOIV happy is the Prisoner f who conquers his

This song appears in the play called " Cromwell's Con-
spiracy/' among theThomason pamphlets, dated 1660, as
sung by Musicians in Act iii. Sc ii. But we find it
earlier, in " Choice Drollery," 1656, p. 93, q. 'vide. Pro-
bably the 1660 " Cromwell's Conspiracy," which is anony-
mous, " by a Person of Quality," was the extension of an
earlier drama, with the final scenes of the Rump-burning
and Restoration added. The song is repeated in Windsor
Drollery, 74, and in the Loyal Garland of 1686.

We feel certain that the above must have been remem-
bered by the author of an excellent song, " Diogenes surly
and proud," in " Wine and Wisdom ; or, the Tippling
Philosophers," 1710, to which music was set by Richard
Leveridge, from whose rich voice it doubtless came rolling
blithly. This song was originally only six verses (fifty-
four were in the author's Lyrick Poem.) We possess
seventeen additional verses to these six, in various early
Song-books of last century. The resemblance to (f How
happy is the Prisoner," in regard to Aristotle, Copernicus,
and Diogenes are far too close to be accidental. Thus of
the latter we read :

But growing as poor as a Job,

And unable to purchase a flask,
He chose for his mansion a Tub,

And liv'd by the scent of the cask.

of Copernicus, indulging in wine :

Then fancied the 'world, like his brains,
Turned round like a chariot 'wheel.

Page 109. / met 'with the Divel in the shape of a Ram.

An old proverb says that the Smith and his penny are
both black. So we need not expect that a Sowgelder's
song will be cleanly. The present is sung by Higgen,
exalting his trade, in JOHN FLETCHER'S Comedy, " The
Beggar's Bush," Act iii., Sc. i. Date probably about
1622, or earlier. In Wit Restored, 1658, p. 172; (Reprint,



1873, p. 294). Also, with music by Thomas Wroth, in the
Pills, v. 330. Not in the 1647 folio of Beaumont and
Fletcher; and only imperfect in the 1811 quarto. Some-
times printed " He ran at me first in the shape of a Ram."

Page no. The World's a bubble, and the life of man."

Attributed to JAMES USHER, Archbishop of Armagh, who
died in 1658. Dr. Johnson quotes it (Tour to the Heb-
rides) as by Bacon ; and Dr. Robert Carruthers erron-
eously annotates that the reference is to the Rev. Phanuel
Bacon : who was not born until about 1700. The poem
appeared as by " Bishop Usher, late Lord Primate of
Ireland," in H. W.'s " Miscellanies," 1708. See Notes
and Queries, 5th, S. in. pp. 313, &c., 1875.

Page 115. 9 Tis not the Silver nor Gold for itself.

This clever satire on the times (applicable to most other
times, alas ! ) is in the Rump, i. 230, and Loyal Songs,
i. 60.

Page 1 1 8. After so many sad mishaps*

See our note on the other poem (p. 100 of M. D. C.) from
the same ff Certain Verses," April 30, 1653. Two ex-
amples of the same class of burlesque may be named ;
one, by W. M. Thackeray, on the " Sorrows of Werter."
The other, in the " Melbourne Punch," was entitled
" Enoch Arden Boiled Down." It follows Tennyson
closely (by the way, he made no acknowledgment of
having borrowed the story from Adelaide Anne Procter's
earlier-printed " Homeward Bound," in Legends and
Lyrics, p. 34, edit. 1866; but which had first appeared as
part of Dickens' Christmas Story, " The Wreck of the
Golden Mary," 1856). It ends thus, after seven stanzas :

" Yet reflecting on the subject,

He determined to atone
For his lengthened absence from her

By just leaving 'well alone.



Taking to his bed, he dwindled
Down to something like a shade ;

Settled 'with his good landlady,
Next the debt of nature paid.

Then, 'when both the Rays discovered

How poor Enoch's life had ended,
They came out in handsome style, and

fGave his corpse a funeral splendid.
This is all I knoiv about it,
If it's not sufficient, write
By next mail to Alfred Tenny-
Son, P.L., the Isle of Wight."

The satirist hits the blot, in the penultimate verse, as
A. T. marred the grandeur of his hero's death, by un-
necessarily adding, for conclusion :

" So past the strong heroic soul away.
And 'when they buried him the little port
Had seldom seen a costlier funeral ! ! ! "

What an Undertaker's bathos, and from a true poet.

Page 121. Come, let's purge our brains, &c.

More disparagement of malt and hops, associated with
" The Brewer," Oliver Protector. Also in Loyal Gar-
land, 1686; Percy Soc. Reprint, xxix. 53.

Page 124. What though the ill times do run cross, &c.

Also in Rump, i. 234 ; and Loyal Songs, i. 65. Compare
" What though the Times produce eft'ects," in 1661 edit,
of Merry Drollery, p. 161. (Next volume.)

Page 125. Lay by your pleading, Law lies a bleeding.

Date about 1658. Music in Chappell, Pop. M., p. 431 ;
and in the Pills, vi. 191. Words in the Rump, i. 333;
Loyal Songs, i. 223; Wilkins' Political Bds., i. 86; and
Mackay's Cavalier Sgs., 67, from the Loyal Garland,
1686. Additional Note in next volume.



Page 127. I am a bonny Scot, Sir, &c.

In the Antidote against Melancholy, 1661, p. 59; J. P.
Collier's Reprint, p. 73.

Page 131. /'// tell you a story that never -was told.

Additional Note in next volume. Also given in the
Rump, i. 340 ; Loyal Sgs. ii. 2.

Page 134. /'// go no more to the Old Exchange.

Music to this in Chappell P. M., p. 317. Additional
Note in our next volume. In "Wit Restored," 1658
(Repr. pp. 139-45) are The Burse of Reformation, be-
ginning " We will go no more to the Old Exchange,"
and an Answer to it, "We will go no more to the Neiv
Exchange." Compare, also, in Wit and Drollery, 1656,
pp. no, 60, "I'll go no more to the Neiv Exchange,"
and " I'll go no more to Tunbridge Wells." In the Pills,
vi, 145, we find another song, with music, on the " But-
toned Smock," so entitled, beginning " Sit you merry."

Page 138. Let's call and drink the Cellar dry.

Compare Roxburghe Collection, ii., 372, The Noble Pro-
digal. The six ayres are, "The Jew's Corant," "Princess
Royal," " Come hither my own Sweet Duck," &c.

Page 140. There's a lusty liquor ivhich, &c.

With music, given by Wm. Chappell, P. M., 308. His
remarks are as usual of great value. The tune is known
as "Stingo, or Oyl of Barley" (1650), as "The Country
Lass" (Martin Parker's hearty ballad), and "Cold and
Raw" (D'Urfey's Song, 1688, in the Pills, ii. 167).

Page 143. Three merry Lads met at the Rose.

In "Wit Restored," 1656, p. 162; Reprint, 294. Also in
" Antidote ag. Melan.," 33. The Rose Tavern was in
Russell Street, Covent Garden, and bore a bad repute.



In Shadwell's " Scourers/' 1691, we read, " In those days
a man could not go from the Rose Tavern to the Piazzi
once, but he must venture his life twice " (Hist. Sign-
boards, p. 125). Hogarth shows a room of the Rose in the
mpper orgie of Rake's Progress. Other Rose Taverns,
lowever, were near Temple Bar, and in Wood Street,

Page 146. Of all the Recreations 'which, &c.

This was sung to the tune " Amarillis " (vide ante, p. 8 ;
but in Pills, iii. 126, we meet these words to the music of
tune " My Father was born before me"). It is in Vocal
ompanion, ii. 242. "The Royal Recreation of Jovial
Anglers" is the title attached to it in J. P. Collier's excel-
ent 4to., A Book of Roxburghe Ballads, 1847, P- 2 3 2
:rom a broadsheet printed by F. Coles, T. Vere, W. Gil-
Dertson, and J. Wright. He believed it to be not older
:han 1653. We guess it to be of ten years later date,
remembering Porter's " Villain." Tom Hudson, early in
:his Nineteenth Century, wrote an amusing song on the
same theme (we have a copy of it, beginning " We're all
ishing in Country and in Town").

Page 149. Tom and Will ivere shepherd sivains.

Evidently alluding to some recent rivals ; town gossip,
now difficult to follow, but possible, if worth the labour.
The earliest other copy yet seen is of same date (as our
second edition) 1670; in Acad. Compl., p. 180. The
music is given in Pills, iii. 112; p. 130 of 1699 edition.
[t is in Old Ballads, ii. 179.

Page 151. Wake all you dead, What ho ! &c.

This is Viola's song, by SIR WILLIAM D'AVENANT, in
fiis " Law against Lovers," Act iii. Sc. i., 1662. Pater-
son's edit, of D. (Dramatists of the Restoration) has it in
Vol. v. p. 152. The play, which Pepys records having
seen and liked, in his Diary, i8th February, 1661-2, is
composed from a mixture of " Measure for Measure" and
" Much Ado about Nothing." Properly, the song should
be divided into stanzas, the second beginning " The State
is," &c. Page


Page 152. There is a certain idle kind of creature.

We find this, signed " Philo-balladus" in the Roxburghe
Collection of Bds., i. 466; printed for Francis Grove [abt
1620-55], Snow Hill ; to a pleasant new tune. 15 verses.

Page 159. White Bears are lately come to town.

Also in Wit and Mirth, 1684, p. 39. We have an im-

Eression that this is by the author of " Some wives are
ad/' &c., p. 302.

Page 162. We seamen are the honest boys.

Included by J. O. Halliwell (Phillips) in his Naval Bds.,
for Percy Soc., ii. 36. We meet it first in 1656, Wit and
Drollery, p, 31, as "We Sea-men are the bonny boys;"
with variations : up have blown ; She fore the wind will
run a ; Gabions ; counterwork ; and an additional verse
(the yth) :

The Bear, the Dog, the Fox, the Kite,
That stood fast on the Rover,

They chas'd the Turk in a day and night,
From Scandaroon to Dover.

Page 164. When the chill Charokoe blows.

Not later than 1656, being in "Wit and Drollery" of
that date, p. 154. With music, in "Calliope," 1788, p.
452. Also in Acad. Compl., 1670, p. 241. Dryden's
Misc. Poems, vi. 358. Ritson's Engl. Sgs., ii. 57. Percy
Soc. (Festive Sgs.), xxiii. 67. At commencement of Anti-
dote ag. Melancholy, 1661, is a long " Ex-Ale-tation of
Ale," worth our quoting hereafter.

Page 1 66. Now [that] thanks to the powers below.

Date 24th Oct., 1648. Title, The Anarchic; or, the
Blessed Reformation Since 1640 ; to a rare new tune.
It is in the Rump, i. 291 ; Loyal Songs, i. 174; Wilkins'
Polit. Bds., i. 32; Wright's ditto (Percy Soc., iii.), 112.



'age 170. A maiden of late, 'whose name 'was s'weet

ith music, as "The Maiden's Longing," in Pills, iv.
2. Also in Windsor Drollery, 131 ; and in Dryden's
lisc. Poems, iv. 101.

Page 171. After the pains of a desperate lover.

\y JOHN DRYDEN; in "An Evening's Love," Act ii.
671. General reading, " pangs." Music by Alphonso
'larsh, in Playford's Choice Ayres, 1676, Bk. i. p. 4.
lusic also set later by Galliard, in Watts' Musical Mis-
ellany, i. 100, 1729; and in Merry Musician, ii. 87. It
in Windsor Drollery, 139; and in Hive, iv. 143, en-
tied "The Transport."

Page 178. Of all the rare juices, &c.

Another song by ALEXANDER BROME, died 1665. In
668 ed. of his songs, p. 74.

Page 1 80. Heard you not lately of a man,
\y HUMFREY CROUCH. It is in Roxburghe Collection,
264; and ii. 362. (Probable date, 1635-42) :

" The Mad Man's Morrice ; 'wherein you shall finde
His trouble and grief , and discontent of his minde ;
A 'warning to young men to have a care,
Ho'w they in love intangled are"

Phis motto precedes in the Roxb. broadsheet, which is
eprinted for our Ballad Society, annotated by Wm.
3happell, in Roxb. Bds., ii. 153. It is also in the Bag-
'ord Coll., i. 50, ii. 117; the Euing, Nos. 201, 202; and
he Ouvry (formerly J. P. Collier's), two copies. The
ptanzas are printed as eight lines, this being the second
[not in M. D. C.) :

" Into a pond stark nak'd I ran, [line 9]

And cast my c loathes aivay, Sir,
Without the help of any man,

Made shift to run a r way, Sir.



Hoiv I got out I have forgot,

I do not 'well remember ;
Or 'whether it 'was cold or hot,

In June, or in December.

And this, Roxb. Bd. fourth verse, not in our's, but needec
to introduce the thought of his Lady, love for whom ha?
crazed him :

" Did you not see my Love of late, [line 25]

Like Titan in her glory ?
Do you not knovu she is my mate,

And I must 'write her story
With pen of gold on silver leafe ?

I 'will so much befriend her ;
For r why, I am of this belief,

None can so 'well commend her.

Sa'wyou not angels in her eyes, [var. of M.D.C/

While that she c was a speaking ?
Smelt you not smells like paradise,

Bet'ween t r wo rubies breaking ?

Is not a dimple in her cheek ? [line 41]

Each eye a star that's starting [var. of M.D.C.
Is not all grace installed in her ? p. 181]

Each step all joys imparting ?
Methinks I see her in a cloud, [variation]

With graces round about her ;
To them I cry and call aloud,

I cannot live 'without her."

These broadside ballads, when not originally long enough
to give sufficient for the two-pence, or to satisfy the milk-
maids and apprentices, who loved them, with enough
" piling up of the agony," were frequently lengthened
out. But Humfrey Crouch, being a genuine balladist,
probably grew his own redundancies. The 3 vols. for
Novels are still orthodox : a second part to Street Ballads
was a sine qua non in the zyth century. We shall give
it in the companion volume (along with " CHOICE DROL-

Our ninth half- verse does not appear at all in thet



Crouch" broadsheet. The others are varied and
ransposed, from what was, probably, the original ; viz.,
he Roxburghe Ballad. It was worth comparing, as being
p elaborate specimen of those Mad Songs in which our
ation especially delighted of old. See Notes on pp. 234
pd 290.

I Page 187. No man Love' *s fiery passions can approve.

\\ Wit and Drollery, 1656, p. 70; "Academy of Comple-
ments," 1670, p. 185. An Answer to it, in Oxford Drollery,
|67i, p. 114, begins:

Some men Love's fiery passions can resist,
That either values pleasure or promotion :

I hate Luke-ivarmness in an Amorist,
It is as bad in Love as in devotion.

Seven verses follow this.

Page 190. Come Drawer, come fill us, &c.

third song by ALEXANDER BROME ; written in 1648.
n the 1688 edition of his Songs, p. 73. Rump, i. 270.
,oyal Sgs., i. 164. Properly, " Come, Drawer, and
11," &c.

Page 191. Lay by your pleading, Love lies a bleeding.

Ve have hitherto met this excellent song nowhere but
ere. Wm. Chappell gives only a few disconnected
craps of the verses, along with the music, in Popular M.
f the Olden Time, p. 431. Compare previous note on p.
25 (App., 375).

Page 196. Bring forth your Cunny -Skins, &c.

-Jare-skin and rabbit-skin collectors have always been
[ueer characters. This Catch is by JOHN FLETCHER,
n his " Beggar's Bush," Act iii. sc. i ; where it is sung
>y Clause his boy. Clause the vagabond beggar was a
opular favourite, reproduced in Drolls. We see him
epresented in the frontispiece of "The Wits" by Kirkman



and Cox ; now given to our readers. The Song is in -i
Windsor Drollery, abt. p. 88; Acad. Compl. 1670, p.
173; and, 'with the Music, in Pills, v. 303.

Page 197. From hunger and cold, &c.

By RICHARD BROME, in his "Jovial Crew," Act i. 1641
Music to this Song of the Jovial Beggars in Playford's
Select Ayres, 1659, p. 64. The play has always been,
deservedly, a favourite. When it was revived, in 1731.
with many additional songs to popular tunes, converted ;
into a Ballad Opera by Roome and Sir William Young
almost every song found its way to Collections, and kepi
a place in them. The present editor possesses severa
editions, some being in manuscript with the music, show-
ing how songs were introduced, almost ad libitum. Tom ;
Moore's " Evelyn's Bower" makes its appearance for one.
Richard Brome deserves esteem. There was something
boastful, more suo, in Ben Jonson's addressing him, " I i

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