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IF LOVE'S (A) SWEET PASSION (HOW CAN IT TORMENT). AKA and see "When young at the bar you first taught me to score." English, Air (3/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEEFFGGHH. The air appears in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1729), but originally was by Henry Purcell and used in his Fairy Queen. It appears also in Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. III and on half-sheets. Kidson (1922) says there was a later setting of the song by Joseph Baildon.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 4), 1760; p. 29. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 62.

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