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TEXARKANA HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Hornpipe (49)," “Morning Fair Hornpipe,” "Poll of Wapping Hornpipe," “Tomorrow Morning.” American, Hornpipe (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Burchenal): AABB (Cole). Francis O'Neill included the tune in his Music of Ireland (1903) under the title "Tomorrow Morning." Less faithful, more distanced cognates can be found as "Morning Fair" and as County Leitrim musician Stephen Grier's untitled "Hornpipe (49)."
All can be traced back to the perhaps-ur melody "Poll of Wapping Hornpipe," composed for the British stage by William Reeve as the vehicle for a very popular song by Charles Dibdin Charles Dibdin (1745–1814). It appeared in Dibdin's three-act comic opera Thirty Thousand; or Who's the Richest? (1804) based on Maria Edgeworth's tale "The Will" in which a person leaves a fortune to whichever of three cousins shall prove the richest at a certain period. It begins on the day of deciding the claim. "Poll of Wapping" was printed on songsheets [Roud Broadside Index B50085] and in numerous late 18th and 19th century songsters such as The Universal Songster, or museum of mirth, Clark's Orphean Warbler, The Vocal Library, The Vocal Wreath and others. The music for "Poll of Wapping" is nearly identical to "Texarkana Hornpipe" in the first strain, but differs more in the second (while still remaining cognate).