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Thread #60673   Message #974094
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
28-Jun-03 - 09:46 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Staines Morris
Subject: RE: Origins: Staines Morris
The original song text was published in 1656, yes (and perhaps also a year or so before) but none of us have seen it; there seems no particular reason, though, to think that it differed significantly from the text as quoted by Chappell when he set it to the Stanes Morris tune.

Martin may not have known at the time that the tune appeared in Playford, or that it didn't really belong to the words. Chappell's setting was later published widely, appearing (for example) in The New National Songbook, where a verse is omitted and the song described as "Time of Queen Elizabeth" (presumably on the strength of the tune's appearance in the Ballet Book). I've wondered too, occasionally, what Martin's note meant exactly. We'd have to ask him to be sure.