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PORTER’S LAMENTATION. English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. “Porter’s Lamentation” appears in the supplement to the 3rd edition of John Playford’s Dancing Master  (London, 1657). It appeared again in the supplement to the Dancing Master reprinted in 1665, but then was dropped from the long-running series of editions. A 'porter' was a carmen who bore the moneyed classes about Restoration London in human-powered chairs-with-rails, or the men who conveyed goods and packages on their backs. In either case their lamentation probably is an excessively heavy burden!
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford’s Dancing Master), 1985; No. 159, p. 46. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 103.