What shall I do to show how much I love her?
WHAT SHALL I DO TO SHOW HOW MUCH I LOVE HER? English, Air. D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). The air is by the English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), from his History of Dioclesian (1690), a tragicomic semi-opera in five acts. The libretto was by Thomas Betterton based on the play The Prophetess, by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, which in turn was based very loosely on the life of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The air was also published by John Gay in his The Beggar's Opera (1729, where it appears as "Virgins are like the fair flower"), and in D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. IV. "What shall I do to sow how much I love her?" was entered into the MacFarlane Manuscript (c. 1740), written by fiddler David Young for his patron, Walter MacFarlane of MacFarlane, about whom little is known.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: James Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 4), 1760; p. 1. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 51.
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See a standard notation transcription of the tune from the MacFarlane MS