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GREENWICH PARK [1]. AKA and see "Come Sweet Lass." English, Air and Country Dance Tune (2/2 or 2/4 time). F Major (Barnes, Chappell, Karpeles, Raven, Sharp): G Major (Fleming-Williams). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Greenwich Park is the oldest of London's nine royal parks, first enclosed by the Duke Humphrey of Gloucester as a hunting ground in 1433. The tune appears under this title in Henry Playford's Second Part of the Dancing Master (vol. 9, 1698, and in all subsequent editions of the long-running series, through the final edition of 1728) and The Compleat Acakemy of Complements (1685); under the alternate title "Come Sweet Lass" it appears in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and all editions of D'Urfy's Pills to Purge Melancholy. Other songs written to this tune include "Perjured Billy" and "Jockey's Complaint for his beloved Moggy" (both in the Pepys Collection--the latter is noted "an excellent new Scotch song).

Come, sweet lass! This bonny weather Lets together;
Come, sweet lass! Lets trip it on the grass;
Ev'rywhere Poor Jockey seeks his dear,
And unless you appear, He sees no beauty here.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 384, p. 90. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 2, 1859; p. 73. Fleming-Williams & Shaw (English Dance Airs, Popular Selection; Book 1), 1965, p. 9. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 22. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 22. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 74. Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 140.

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