Loath to Depart (2)
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LOATH TO DEPART . English, Air (6/4 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD. A 'loath to depart' was the term employed for a song or a tune played when saying farewell to friends or at leave-taking, notes William Chappell (1859). One of the 'loath to departs' he prints is from a volume called Deuteromelia (1609), where it is set as a round for four voices. The words of the Deuteromelia tune go (each line goes to one part of the canon):
Sing with they mouth sign with they heart,
Like faithfull friends sing loath to depart;
Though friends together may not always remain, yet
Loath to depart sing one again.
See also Loath to Depart (1) for more.