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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 285662

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATION8.

1904

PREFACE,

The following Collection of the Popular and National Songs of Eng. land is offered to the lovers of this delightful department of literature, with the hope that it will be found to present, in a small compass, a large portion of the most celebrated effusions of this kind which the language affords. The ordinary Song-books, of which large numbers are annually, if not daily issued, at prices varying from one penny to a shilling, are for the most part valueless to those who desire to know the age in which the songs were written, the names of the Authors, the circumstances which led to their production, or any fact of interest connected with their origin or their influence. They contain neither names nor dates, make no attempt at classification, and often include effusions which are objectionable to the right-minded, and unfit to be placed in the hands of the young.

The Collection now offered to the public aims to supply a deficiency in these respects; and although it has no pretensions to being complete,- for fifty volumes would scarcely exhaust a subject so extensive—it is hoped that it presents a fair view of the progress and present state of English literature in this particular branch. The songs have not been uniformly selected for their beauty or their excellence. While these claims have not been lost sight of, the popularity which they may have at any time enjoyed, or the influence, direct or indirect, which they may be supposed to have exercised upon the popular mind, have been considered legitimate passports to a place in the Collection. It is possible that many readers, with whom particular songs may have become favourites from old association,

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look in vain in this volume for the lyrics that have been impressed on their memory by accidental circumstances; but they will possibly admit, upon reflection, that these are to a great extent matters of individual taste, and that the song which is beautiful to one man, because his mother, his sister, his lover, his wife, or his friend may have sung it, may be without charms for him who has not heard it repeated under similar circumstances. It should also be remembered that he who selects, with small space at his disposal, from a vast mass of materials, must necessarily omit much, which, had he been less restricted for room, he would willingly have included.

The Editor regrets that he has not been able to obtain, from the proprietors of the copyright of the Songs of Thomas Moore, permission to include in this volume any of the beautiful compositions of that greatest of our modern Song-writers; but as every reader of taste, and every lover of music, is familiar with the writings of Mr. Moore, it is hoped that the volume will not be on that account the less acceptable to those who desire to know the past as well as the present state of Song-literature. The Editor cannot, while explaining this involuntary deficiency of the volume, omit to express his thanks to the living Writers who have so cordially given him permission to make extracts from their Works. He has also to return his acknowledgments to Messrs. Cramer and Beale, Regent-street; to Messrs. Goulding and D'Almaine, of Soho-square ; to Messrs. Bradbury and Evans, Whitefriars; and to Messrs. Adam and Charles Black, of Edinburgh, for the permission to insert the compositions of deceased Authors, of which they possess the copyright—and to Mr. William Chappell, and Dr. E. F. Rimbault, for the kind communication of many interesting facts connected with the author. ship of old songs.

London, June 1851.

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Anonymous

156

Humming Bird"

131

Samuel Danyell

34

Thomas K. Hervey .

77

Dr. R. Hughes

39

Rival Soldiers"

130

John Dryden

56

Henry Fielding

228
Myrtle and Vine"

294

Charles Dibdin

212

Thomas Dibdin

. 299
John Cunningham

151

Dr. R. Hughes

John Chalkhill

224
Myrtle and Vine"

126
Prince Hoare .

192

MS. temp. Henry VIII.. 24

Playford's Airs and Dialogues" 98

English Dancing Master" . 272

Myrtle and Vine"

295
Humming Bird"

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Charles Mackay

133

Hugh Crompton

278

Allan Cunningham .

200
Samuel Rogers

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Bay o' Biscay, O!
Begone, Dull Care
Be still, be still, poor Human Heart .
Black-eyed Susan
Blow high, Blow low
Blue is the Sky
Born in

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Blaze of Orient Sky
Boy in Yellow
Brave Men of Kent (The)
Brave Old Oak (The)
Bright Chanticleer proclaims the Dawn
British Grenadiers (The) .
Broken Silence
Bud is on the Bough (The)
Bugle Song (The)
Busy, Curious, Thirsty Fly

Playford'sMusical Companion" 121
E. L. Montague

306
John Gay
Charles Dibdin

181
George Meredith

80
Erasmus Darwin

284
Songs of the Chase"

233
Tom D'Urfey :

209
H. F. Chorley

34
Anonymous

230

207
J. Westland Marston

79
Francis Bennoch

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Cease, anxious World, your fruitless Pain.
Cease, rude Boreas, blust'ring Railer
Chloris, now thou art fled away
Colin's Complaint
Come, all ye jolly Sailors bold
Come, bustle, bustle, drink about
Come follow, follow me
Come, if you dare, our Trumpets sound
Come, live with me, and be my Love
Commendation of Music (The).
Come, now, all ye Social Powers
Come, thou Monarch of the Vine
Content and a Pipe.
Contented Man's Song (The)
County Guy
Crabbed Age and Youth
Crazy Jane
Cricketer (The)
Cuckoo's Song (The)

263

Prince Hoare.
Convivial Songste
Percy's Reliques"
John Dryden
Christopher Marlowc
William Strode
J. Bickerstaffe
W. Shakspere
Anonymous
Hugh Compton
Sir Walter Scott
Anonymous
M. G. Lewis

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