CUPID'S COURTESIE. AKA and see "I Am So Deep in Love." English, Air (3/4 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. William Chappell (1859) finds the song in the Roxburghe Collection, Pepys Collection, and the Douce Collection, and notes it was licensed to Coles, Wright, Vere and Gilbertson in March, 1655. The copy in the Roxburge Collection he dates to the reign of Charles II, when it was referenced as having been sold by booksellers, but the Roxburge editor, Payne Collier, mentions a MS. copy dated 1595 where it is called a "most pleasant Northern tune." As was common with many popular ballad tunes, the melody was the vehicle for several other songs.
Through the cool shady woods, as I was ranging,
I heard the pretty birds' notes sweetly changing;
Down by the meadow's side ther runs a river,
A little boy I spied with bow and quiver.
Printed source: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 2, 1859; p. 99.
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