Blab not what you ought to Smother
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BLAB NOT WHAT YOU OUGHT TO SMOTHER. English, Air (3/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody appears in Calliope (vol. 2, p. 57, 1746), Universal Harmony and on period songsheets. It begins:
Blab not what you ought to smother,
Honour's laws should sacred be;
Boasting favours from another,
Ne'er will favour gain with me.
Printed source: Geoghegan (Compleat Tutor for the Pastoral or New Bagpipes), c. 1745-46; p. 28.