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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
10-Dec-05 - 09:35 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Essex's Last Farewell
Subject: Lyr. Add: Essex's Last Good Night (Well-a-Day)
Lyr. Add: Essex's Last Good Night, or Well-A-Day
Tune: The King's Last Good Night
(Pepys Collection)

1sr verse:
All you that cry O hone, O hone! (i. e. alas)
Come now and sing O Lord with me;
For why our jewel is from me gone,
The valiant knight of chivalry.
Of rich and poor belov'd was he;
In time an honorable knight;
Which by our lawa condemn'd was he;
And lately took his last Good-night.

"On the death of Walter Devereux, Earl of Essex (father of Queen Elizabeth's favorite) who died in Dublin, in 1576."

In Wm. Chappell, "Popular Music of the Olden Time," vol. 1, p. 174.
Chappell comments that "Well-A-Day" seems to be older than the date of the death of either Earl (of Essex) because, in 1566-7, Mr. Wally had a license to print "the second Well-a-day"... (and two other printers as well).
"Sir Walter Raleigh, his Lamentation," also from Pepys Collection, also was sung to the tune of "Well-a-day."