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AMAZON, THE. English, Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The song was first published in Calliope (London, 1746), and was later published in Sadler's The Muses Delight (London, 1754), and Lewer's Amaryllis (London, 1760), as well as on song sheets. It was written by London musician and songwriter Samuel Howard (c. 1710-1782), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and later sang tenor for George Fredrich Handel (1732-1735). He was organist at both Clement Danes and St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street, and received a Doctor of Music degree from Cambridge in 1769. While he composed mostly theater music, he also wrote hymns. His "The Amazon" begins:

The Amazon, in Calliope

Swains I scorn who nice and fair
Shiver at the morning air;
Rough and hardy, bold and free,
Be the man that's made for me.
Rough and hardy, bold and free,
Be the man that's made for me.

Free from fashion, free from dress,
Fops alone themselves caress.
Let them without rival be;
They are not the men for me.
Let them without rival be;
They are not the men for me.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), 1788; No. 596, p. 227.

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