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LOVERS' WHIMS. Scottish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The song and air appear in Thomas D'Urfey's Wit and Mirth: Pills to Purge Melancholy vol. 2, (1719, pp. 28–29) as "The Lovers' Whims. A New Song". The lyric goes:

When I make a fond Address,
Then Phillis seems cruel;
Tho' I talk of sad Distress,
Yet she still frowns;
But the coyness that she shews,
Increases my Fewel.
What in others stops repose,
My Delight crowns;
When she makes the house Ring,
Then a Bottle I bring;
And if her Voice is,
Swell'd with Noises,
Tope my glass and Sing.
Ever have I lov'd a Lass
Of Phillis's Humour;
Let her Scold and Screw her Face
Twenty Thousand ways,
With the Frolicks I return,
I'le always o'recome her,
And the more she seems to Scorn,
Me the more she'll please.
Take the softly she,
Tamely then agree,
The Spritely speaking,
Not the sneaking,
Is the Lass for me.

Howe lists the tune's provenance as "Scotch".

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: D'Urfey (Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. 2), 1719; pp. 28–29. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 152. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune-Book, vol. 1), 1853; p. 149.

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