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WHAT IF A DAY. English, Ballad Air (4/4 time). G Dorian (Chappell): E Minor (Kines). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Kines): AABBCC (Chappell). This popular sixteenth century air, attributed to Thomas Campion, appears in Robinson's Citharen Lessons (1609), Giles Earle's Song Book (1626), Friesche Lust Hof (1634), Camphuysen's Stichtelycke Rymen (1647), the Skene MS (c. 1610), Forbes Songs and Fancies (1666), a University of Cambridge lute MS, and Sir John Hawkins' virginal transcripts.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time, vol. 1), 1859; p. 100. Kines (Songs From Shakespeare's Plays and Popular Songs of Shakespeare's Time), 1964; pp. 66 67.

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