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this song, popular, and not unappreciated by collectors, who had no interest in altering it,- one would think the very tune must help to preserve a correct form : and yet we can not be sure of the words ; and of the author there is not a trace.
I may conclude by adding to the list of poetical-and-musical publications, of the high song-time of England, Fantasies in three parts, composed for viols; and Madrigals and Motets; both by Orlando Gibbons. The last contains poems by Dyer, Sylvester, and others, mostly fragmentary: as, indeed, it may be repeated, many of the madrigal poems very probably are, even some of the few I have given.
Truly it was a music-loving age, and with verse and music right worthy of its love !