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sung. Occasionally we get a tantalizing glimpse of another lyrical England, the folk dancing and singing their own lays; but no Autolycus brings these to us in his basket. Even the miracle plays had not despised folk-song; unfortunately the writers are content to mention the songs, like our Acts of Congress, only by title. In the comedy » called (The Longer Thou Livest the More Foole Thou Art,' there are snatches of such songs; and a famous list, known to all scholars, is given by Laneham in a letter from Kenilworth in 1575, where he tells of certain songs, «all ancient,” owned by one Captain Cox. Again, nobody ever praised songs of the people more sincerely than Shakespeare has praised them; and we may be certain that he used them for the stage. Such is the 'Willow Song' that Desdemona sings,- an “old thing,” she calls it; and such perhaps the song in (As You Like It,'—'It Was a Lover and His Lass.' Nash is credited with the use of folk-songs in his (Summer's Last Will and Testament'; but while the pretty verses about spring and the tripping lines, A-Maying,' have such a note, nothing could be further from the quality of folk-song than the solemn and beautiful Adieu, Farewell, Earth's Bliss.' In Beaumont and Fletcher's Knight of the Burning Pestle, however, Merrythought sings some undoubted snatches of popular lyric, just as he sings stanzas from the traditional ballad; for example, his

Go from my window, love, go;

Go from my window, my dear;
The wind and the rain
Will drive you back again,

You cannot be lodged here,

is quoted with variations in other plays, and was a favorite of the time, and like many a ballad appears in religious parody. A modern variant, due to tradition, comes from Norwich; the third and fourth lines ran:

For the wind is in the west,
And the cuckoo's in his nest.

From the time of Henry VIII. a pretty song is preserved of this same class :

Westron wynde, when wyll thou blow!

The smalle rain downe doth rayne;
Oh if my love were in my armys,

Or I in my bed agayne!

This sort of song between the lovers, one without and one within, occurs in French and German at a very early date, and is probably much older than any records of it; as serenade, it found great favor

The music in Chappell, page 141.

with poets of the city and the court, and is represented in English by Sidney's beautiful lines, admirable for purposes of comparison with the folk-song:

«Who is it that this dark night Underneath my window plaineth ?”

«It is one who, from thy sight Being, ah, exiled! disdaineth

Every other vulgar light.” The zeal of modern collectors has brought together a mass of material which passes for folk-song. None of it is absolutely communal, for the conditions of primitive lyric have long since been swept away; nevertheless, where isolated communities have retained something of the old homogeneous and simple character, the spirit of folk-song lingers in survival. From Great Britain, from France. and particularly from Germany, where circumstances have favored this survival, a few folk-songs may now be given in inadequate translation. To go further afield, to collect specimens of Italian, Russian, Servian, modern Greek, and so on, would need a book. The songs which follow are sufficiently representative for the purpose.

A pretty little song, popular in Germany to this day, needs no pompous support of literary allusion to explain its simple pathos; still, it is possible that one meets here a distant echo of the tragedy of obstacles told in romance of Hero and Leander. When one hears this song, one understands where Heine found the charm of his best lyrics:

OVER a waste of water

The bonnie lover crossed,
A-wooing the King's daughter:

But all his love was lost.
Ah, Elsie, darling Elsie,

Fain were I now with thee;
But waters twain are flowing,

Dear love, twixt thee and me!! Even more of a favorite is the song which represents two girls in the harvest-field, one happy in her love, the other deserted; the noise of the sickle makes a sort of chorus. Uhland placed with the two stanzas of the song a third stanza which really belongs to another tune; the latter, however, may serve to introduce the situation :

I HEARD a sickle rustling,

Ay, rustling through the corn:
I heard a maiden sobbing

Because her love was lorn. * Böhme, with music, page 94.

«Oh let the sickle rustle!

I care not how it go;
For I have found a lover,

A lover,
Where clover and violets blow.”

"And hast thou found a lover

Where clover and violets blow?
I stand here, ah, so lonely,

So lonely,
And all my heart is woe!”

Two songs may follow, one from France, one from Scotland, bewailing the death of lover or husband. The Lowlands of Holland' was published by Herd in his Scottish Songs.)1 A clumsy attempt was made to fix the authorship upon a certain young widow; but the song belies any such origin. It has the marks of tradition:

My love has built a bonny ship, and set her on the sea,
With sevenscore good mariners to bear her company;
There's threescore is sunk, and threescore dead at sea,
And the Lowlands of Holland has twin'd? my love and me.

My love he built another ship, and set her on the main,
And nane but twenty mariners for to bring her hame,
But the weary wind began to rise, and the sea began to rout;
My love then and his bonny ship turned withershins' about.

There shall neither coif come on my head nor comb come in

my hair; There shall neither coal nor candle-light come in my bower

mair; Nor will I love another one until the day I die, For I never loved a love but one, and he's drowned in the sea.

«O haud your tongue, my daughter dear, be still and be con

There are mair lads in Galloway, ye neen nae sair lament.”
O there is none in Gallow, there's none at a' for me;
For I never loved a love but one, and he's drowned in the sea.

1 Quoted by Child, (Ballads,' iv. 318.
? Separated, divided.
3 An equivalent to upside down, “in the wrong direction.”

The French song has a more tender note:-
Low, low he lies who holds my heart,

The sea is rolling fair above;
Go, little bird, and tell him this, —

Go, little bird, and fear no harm,-
Say I am still his faithful love,

Say that to him I stretch my arms.
Another song, widely scattered in varying versions throughout
France, is of the forsaken and too trustful maid, — 'En revenant des
Noces. The narrative in this, as in the Scottish song, makes it ap-
proach the ballad.

BACK from the wedding-feast,
All weary by the way,
I rested by a fount
And watched the waters' play;
And at the fount I bathed,
So clear the waters' play;
And with a leaf of oak
I wiped the drops away.
Upon the highest branch
Loud sang the nightingale.
Sing, nightingale, oh sing,
Thou hast a heart so gay!
Not gay, this heart of mine:
My love has gone away,
Because I gave my rose
Too soon, too soon away.
Ah, would to God that rose
Yet on the rosebush lay,-
Would that the rosebush, even,
Unplanted yet might stay,-
Would that my lover Pierre

My favor had to pray! See Tiersot, "La Chanson Populaire,' p. 103, with the music. The final verses, simple as they are, are not rendered even remotely well. They run:

Que je suis sa fidèle amie,

Et que vers lui je tends les bras. · Tiersot, p. 90. In many versions there is further complication with king and queen and the lover. This song is extremely popular in Canada.


The corresponding Scottish song, beautiful enough for any land or age, is the well-known Waly, Waly':

OH WALY, waly, up the bank,

And waly, waly, down the brae,
And waly, waly, yon burn-side,

Where I and my love wont to gae.

I lean'd my back unto an aik,

I thought it was a trusty tree;
But first it bowed and syne it brak,

Sae my true-love did lightly' me.

Oh waly, waly, but love be bonny

A little time, while it is new;
But when 'tis auld it waxeth cauld,

And fades away like morning dew.

Oh wherefore should I busk my head ?

Or wherefore should I kame my hair?
For my true-love has me forsook,

And says he'll never love me mair.

Now Arthur's Seat shall be my bed,

The sheets shall ne'er be fyled by me;
Saint Anton's well shall be my drink,

Since my true-love has forsaken me.

Martinmas wind, when wilt thou blaw

And shake the green leaves off the tree?
O gentle Death, when wilt thou come ?

For of my life I am weary.

'Tis not the frost that freezes fell,

Nor blawing snaw's inclemency;
'Tis not sic cauld that makes me cry,

But my love's heart grown cauld to me.

Lightly (a verb) is to treat with contempt, to undervalue. Compare the burden quoted by Chappell, p. 458, and very old:

The bonny broome, the well-favored broome,

The broome blooms faire on hill;
What ailed my love to lightly me,

And I working her will ?

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