Jocky and Jenny (2)

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JOCKY AND JENNY. English, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The song was printed in John Hinton's periodical Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (December, 1750, p. 269) sourced to "The British Muse: Containing Original Poems, Songs, Dances, &c." It was described as "a new song" and "A dialogue sung by Mr. Lowe and Miss Falkner," popular mid-18th century singers the Theatres Royal and the London pleasure gardens. Each stanza alternates between the male and female singers, and begins:

Stern winter has left us, the trees are in bloom,
And cow-slips and vi'lets the meadows perfume;
While kids are disporting, and birds fill the spray,
I wait for my Jocky to hail the new May;
I wait for my Jocky to hail the new May.

Among the young lilies, my Jenny, I've stray'd,
Pinks, daisies, woodbines, I bring to my maid;
Here's thyme sweetly smelling, and lavender gay,
A posy to form for my Queen of the May.


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