Now ponder well ye parents dear
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NOW PONDER WELL, YE PARENTS DEAR. AKA and see "Children in the Wood (The)," "Norfolk Gentleman (The)," "Two Children in the Wood." English, Air. The air was published by John Gay in his Beggar's Opera of 1729 as the vehicle for his song "Oh ponder well, be not severe" . It also appears in D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy (1709). The tune and ballad are quite a bit older, however, dating from at least 1595 [Roud Number: 288]. See note for ""Children in the Wood (The)" for more.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 54.