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MELANCHOLY NYMPH. AKA and see "Faithful maid (The)," "'Twas when the sea was roaring." The air was composed and set by the classical composer George Freidric Handel (1685-1759) for John Gay's The What d'ye Call it? (1715), and was adapted for Air 28 in Gay's later work The Beggar's Opera (for Lucy's song "How cruel are the traitors." It appears in Calliope (1746, part 1, No. 168), John Sadler's Muses Delight (1754, p. 176), and similar songsters, and was printed on single sheets.
Source for notated version:
Recorded sources: Avie AV2102, Emma Curtis - "Calliope: Volume the First" (2006). Avie 2153, Brook Street Band, Sally Bruce-Payne, Nicki Kennedy- "Handel's English Cantatas" (2008).