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IRISH HOWL. AKA and see "How happy are," "No power on earth can e'er divide." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is in the second edition of the Third Volume' of the Dancing Master, c. 1726 (p. 98), published in London by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concerns. The melody also was employed by John Gay in his Beggar's Opera (1729) as Air 30 in Act II, for the song "How happy are," which begins, "No power on earth can e'er divide." It subsequently was used in several ballad operas.

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