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COME JOLLY BACCHUS. AKA and see "Weaver's March (The)," "Gallant Weaver (The)," "Twenty-First of August," "Tenth of June (The)," "Glorious First of August," "Constant Lover (2) (The)," "Swedes Dance at the new Playhouse (The)," "Frisky Jenny," "Charles of Sweden." English, Air (cut time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. This old melody has seen much use as the vehicle for ballads, which Chappell (1859) outlines. "Come Jolly Bacchus" is perhaps its best-known title, and is the song written to it in the opera The Devil to Pay. In Playford's Dancing Master the tune was known as "Frisky Jenny" and "Tenth of June (The)," and, in the third volume, as "Constant Lover (2) (The)." Walsh, in his Lady's Banquet, gives it as "Swedes Dance at the new Playhouse (The)," and in The Devil to Pay and The Rival Milliners or The Humours of Covent Garden it was known as "Charles of Sweden," while in The Beggar's Wedding it appears as "Glorious First of August." Chappell also notes it was the melody to which many topical broadsiders printed their ballads. See Bayard's (1981) note to "Pretty Polly" (No. 294, p. 250) for more information.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 2, 1859; pp. 109-110.

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