Whoop do me no harm good man
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WHOOP(E)! DO(E) ME NE(E) HARM, GOOD MAN. AKA and see "Paddy Whack (1)." Irish, English; Country Dance Air (3/4 time). G Mixolydian (Merryweather): D Major (Chappell): C Mixolydian (Kines). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Kines, Merryweather): AB (Chappell). Composed by William Corkine, 1610. Chappell (1859) and Merryweather (1989) point out that the final four bars will support the title words once (Chappell) or twice (Merryweather), though the lyrics (probably bawdy) have been lost. The ballad was referred to twice by Shakespeare in A Winter's Tale (act iv, sc. 3). Chappell's air, which appears in the W. Corkine's First Book of Ayres (1610) was later adapted by Thomas Moore for use to his song "While History's Muse." The melody Kines uses, different from Chappell and Merryweather's, was quoted by Sir Fredrick Bridge from a 17th century viol da gamba book.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times, vol. 1), 1859; p. 96. Kines (Songs From Shakespeare's Plays and Popular Songs of Shakespeare's Time), 1964; p. 28. Merryweather (Merryweather's Tunes for the English Bagpipe), 1989; p. 36.
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Hear composer Orlando Gibbons' keyboard setting on youtube.com