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LAW LIES A-BLEEDING. AKA and see "Dominion of the Sword (The)," "Dour's Catastrophe," "Lawyers leave your pleading," "Love Lies a-Bleeding," "Power of the Sword (The)," "Dove's Catastrophe, or Lawyers your pleading." English, Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The air appears is Playford's Dancing Master [1] (supplement to the 3rd edition, 1657, and subsequent editions), Loyal Songs (1685 and later editions), Walsh's Dancing Master, and D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy. The earliest reference Chappell (1859) found to the tune was 1659. The title comes from the first line of the song, which goes:

Lay by your pleading, Law lies a-bleeding,
Burn all your studies, and throw away your reading. (The Loyal Garland, 5th edition, 1686).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; p. 43. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 2, 1859; p. 5.

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