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FAIR ONE LET ME IN, THE. English, Air (4/4 time). C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Chappell (1859) notes that the tune, while "undoubtedly" of English origin, has been claimed as Scotch. The words were written by Thomas D'Urfey and appear in his New Collection of 1683, in which the setting is attributed to Thomas Farmer. The tune soon became quite popular and it appears in several collections with a variety of titles taken from songs written to it, including "The Generous Lover," "Kind Landy, or the Loves of Stella and Adonis," "The Good Fellow's Frolic, or Kent Street Club," "The Love-sick Maid of Wapping," "The Life of Love," "The Deptford Frolick" and others. The air also appears in Choice Ayres (1683), all editions of Pills to Purge Melancholy, and many ballad operas of the early 18th century.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 2, 1859; pp. 34-35.

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