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LONDON 'PRENTICE [2], THE. AKA and see "All You that Love Good Fellows," "Nancy (2)," "Sir Edward Noel's Delight." English, Air (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The song appears in Tom D'Urfey's Wit and Mirth; or, Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. 6 (1719-20). The lyric begins:

A worthy London Prentice,
Came to his Love by Night;
The Candles were lighted,
The Moon did shine so bright:
He knocked at the Door,
To ease him of his Pain;
She rose and let him in Love,
And went to Bed again.

He went into the Chamber,
Where his true Love did lye;
She quickly gave consent,
For to have his Company:
She quickly gave consent,
The Neighbours peeping out;
So take away your Hand,
Love let's blow the Candle out.

See note for "Nancy (2)" for more.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: D'Urfey (Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. 6), 1720; p. 342.

Recorded sources:

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