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SIXPENCE, THE (An se-pingin). AKA and see "It is not the tear this moment shed." Irish, Air (4/4 time). G Major (Robbins): F Major (Clinton). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB: AABB (Robbins). Walker (1924), extolling the virtues of Irish folk melody, calls this tune “a wonderful example of what can be crowded into a restricted structural scheme.” Thomas Moore used a version of the melody for his song "It is not the tear this moment shed", written in memory of his uncle.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 79, p. 40. Smollet Holden (A Collection of Old Established Irish Slow and Quick Tunes, Book II), Dublin, c. 1805; p. 7. Smollet Holden (Collection of Favorite Irish Airs), 1818; p. 7. Smollet Holden (Collection of favourite Irish Airs), London, c. 1841; p. 7. Hughes (Gems from the Emerald Isles), London, 1867; No. 23, p. 6. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 385, p. 67. Robbins Music Corp. (The Robbins collection of 200 jigs, reels and country dances), New York, 1933; No. 200, p. 64. Walker (History of Music in England), 1924; No. 127, p. 335.

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