By a Bank as I Lay
BY A BANK AS I LAY. English, Air (4/4 and 3/2 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The song appears in the British Museum MSS Reg. Appendix 58, and was printed by William Chappell in the first volume of his works, dealing with older airs. "By the Bank as I Lay" is a sixteenth century ballad and was recorded in period accounts as a favorite of King Henry VIII, a skilled amateur musician who liked to sing. A later version was printed by Ravenscroft in his collection Deuteromelia (1609), under the heading "Freemen's Songs to three voices." See Chappell (1859) for more.
Printed source: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 1, 1859; pp. 46-47.
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