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Subject: Pills to Purge Melancholy
From: johnadams
Date: 21 Sep 08 - 06:19 PM

This was posted to the Tradsongs discussion group today. I thought it might be of interest to some Mudcatters.

A free online version of volumes 5 and 6 of Thomas D'Urfey (1719-
20) "Pills to Purge Melancholy" has just been posted on Project
Gutenburg at

Here are the credits:

"Produced by David Newman, Linda Cantoni, and the Online
Distributed Proofreading Team at Music
transcribed by Linda Cantoni."

The sheet music is crystal clear and each song comes
with a link to a midi file that plays the tune.

(Posted by Lewis Jones)

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Subject: RE: Pills to Purge Melancholy
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 21 Sep 08 - 06:49 PM

The midi files will be particularly useful.

Facsimile copies of Pills (pdf) are available via the Internet Archive (all volumes) and Google Books (1, 2, 4 and 6): see thread  Pills to Purge Melancholy IN PRINT! for details.

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Subject: RE: Pills to Purge Melancholy
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 04:57 PM

Funny, everybody remembers the title as Pills to Purge Melancholy but the correct title is Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy.

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Subject: RE: Pills to Purge Melancholy
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 05:11 PM

WMPPM is a bloody mouthful! Most people refer to it as 'Pills' or 'D'Urfey'

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Subject: RE: Pills to Purge Melancholy
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 10:50 PM

If I told you they were bringing out a new edition of Wit and Mirth, nobody would know what I was talking about.

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Subject: RE: Pills to Purge Melancholy
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 11:17 PM

Although the 1719-1720 edition is usually referred to (in full) as Wit and Mirth: Or Pills to Purge Melancholy, the first five volumes were originally published as Songs Compleat, Pleasant and Divertive, followed almost immediately by a second printing under the more familiar title, with a sixth volume added in 1720.

All online transcriptions and facsimiles appear to be the 1876 reprint which actually used volumes I, III, IV and V of the first printing and volumes II and VI of the second; so what should be considered the 'correct' title is moot. In any case, everybody who is familiar with the work just calls it Pills.

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Subject: RE: Pills to Purge Melancholy
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 06:58 PM

If I remember rightly there were lots of other 'Wits and Mirths' at the time but not so many 'Pills' hence a fairly recent publication '60 Ribald Songs from Pills to Purge Melancholy'.

What would interest me is a list of titles of all the songs in the earlier editions not included in my 1719-20 reprint.

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Subject: Index: Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol 1
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 11:20 PM

[I realize this isn't 19th century, but I'll let Joe move this to an appropriate thread, or rename this one, as he sees fit.]

Google Books - full text available

Wit and Mirth: Or, Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. 1
Being a collection of the best merry ballads and songs, old and new. Fitted to all humours, having each their proper tune for either voice, or instrument: most of the songs being new set.
by Thomas D'Urfey (London: Printed by W. Pearson, for J. Tonson, at Shakespear's Head, over-against Catherine Street in the Strand, 1719.)

[Index of first lines:]

A Tory, a Whigg, and a moderate Man, 8
Ah! Phillis why are you less tender, 279
Ah, how sweet are the cooling Breez, 138
All Ike World's in Strife and Hurry, 110
All you that either hear or read, 129
Amynta one Night had occasion to p——, 336
And in each Track of Glory since, 285
Arise my Muse, and to thy tuneful Lyre, 62
As far as the flittering God of Day, 61
As soon as the Chaos, 145
As the Delian God to fam'd Halcyon, 104
At Winchester was a Wedding, 276
Beat the Drum, beat, beat the, 269
Behold how all the Stars give way, 111
Behold, behold the Man that with, 73
Blow, blow Boreas blow, and let thy, 96
Blowzabella my bouncing Doxy, 194
Bright was the Morning, cool was, 261
Britains now let Joys increase, 26
Celadon, when Spring came on, 179
Celemene, pray tell me, 109
Chloe found Amyntas lying, 329
Church Scruples and Jars plunge all, 87
Come all, great, small, short, tall, 91
Come Jug, my Hony, let's to bed, 293
Damon turn your Eyes to me, 256
Dear Pinckaninny, if half a Guinea, 283
De'l take the War that hurry'd, 295
Draw, draw the Curtain, fye, 108
Fame and Isis joyn'd in one, 17
Fame loudly thro' Europe passes, 146
Fareweel my bonny, bonny witty, 252
Farewel the Towns ungrateful Noise, 126
Fate had design'd this worst of all, 243
Fill every Glass, and recommend 'em, 182
Flow the flow'ry Rain, 122
Fly, fly from my Sight, fly far away, 236
For too many past Years with, 175
From azure Plains, blest with eternal, 113
From Dunkirk one Night they stole, 225
From glorious Toyls of War, 50
From rosie Bowers where sleeps the God, 1
Genius of England, from thy, 219
Giovani amanti voi chi Sapete, 12
Grand Lewis let Pride be abated, 78
Grand Louis falls headlong down, 223
Great Caesar is crown'd, 120
Great Jove once made Love like, 280
Great Lord Frog to Lady Mouse, 14
Groves and Woods, high Rocks and, 172
Hark the thundring Cannons roar, 300
Hark, Lewis groans, good Fader, 244
Hark, the Cock crow'd, 'tis Day all abroad, 311
How vile are the sordid Intrigues, 297
I burn, I burn, I burn, I burn, 76
I hate a Fop that at his Glass, 177
If a woful sad Ditty to know thou, 203
If you will love me, be free in, 164
In January last, on Munnonday, 306
In Kent I hear there lately did dwell, 127
In Kent so fam'd of old, 45
In old Italian Tales we read, 125
Jockey was a dawdy Lad, 289
Jolly Roger twangdillo of, 19
Joy to the Bridegroom, 323
Jug, jug, jug, jug, jug, jug, 85
Lads and Lasses blith and Gay, 305
Le printems, r'apelle aux Armes, 189
Let the dreadful Engines, 48
Life's short Hours too fast are hasting, 221
Lord! what's come to my Mother, 157
Mad Loons of Albany, 149
Madam je vous prie you will right me, 201
Maiden fresh as a Rose, 57
Monsieur grown too mighty, 208
Monsieur looks pale, 161
Musing of late on Windsor, 232
My dear Cock adoodle, 308
Near famous Covent-Garden, 143
Now Cannon smoke Clouds all, 59
Now is the Sun, 187
Now over England Joy to express, 116
Now some Years are gone, 118
Now, now comes on the glorious, 27
Of all noble Sports, 150
Of all the simple things we do, 250
Of all the World's Enjoyments, 269
Of old, when Heroes thought it base, 114
Oh Jenny, Jenny, where hast thou been, 169
Oh Love, if a God thou wilt be, 101
Old Lewis must thy frantick Riot, 66
On the Brow of Richmond Hill, 303
One April Morn, when from the Sea, 69
One long Whitson Holiday, 39
One Morn as lately Musing, 153
One Sunday at St. James's Prayers, 10
Opening Budds began to shew, 121
Pastorella inspire the Morning, 195
Pray, now John let Jug prevail, 141
Que chacun remplisse son verre, 180
Raptures attending Dwellers divine, 241
Remember ye Whigs what was formerly, 248
Ride all England o'er, 123
Rise bonny Kate, 313
Royal and fair, 315
Sawney was tall, and of noble Race, 317
Says Roger to Will, both our Teams, 231
Since long o'er the Town, 197
Since now the World's turn'd upside down, 213
Since Times are so bad, I must tell, 88
Sing mighty Marlborough's Story, 40
Sing, sing all ye Muses, 158
Sleep, sleep, poor Youth, 151
Snug of late the Barons sate, 226
Sound Fame thy golden Trumpet, sound, 196
Spring invites, the Troops are going, 189
Sylvander royal by his Birth, 234
The Clock had struck, faith I cannot, 262
The Glorious Day is come, 70
The infant blooming Spring appears, 220
The Night her blackest Sable wore, 324
The old Wife she sent to the, 186
The Sun had loos'd his weary Team, 321
The Valiant Eugene to Vienna, 206
'Then welcome from Vigo, 253
To Horse brave Boys of New-Market, 333
To shew Tunbridge Wells, 221
Twanty Years and mear at Edinborough, 254
'Twas early one Morning the Cock, 229
'Twas when the Sheep were shearing, 319
'Twas within a Furlong of, 327
Victumnus Flora, you that bless, 72
We London Valets all are Creatures, 173
We Prophets of the Modern Race, 106
Welfare Trumpets, Drums and, 22
Well may'st thou prate with, 159
What are these Ideots doing, 81
What Beauty do I see, 46
When first Amyntas su'd for a Kiss, 335
When Innocence and Beauty meet, 136
When Love fair Psyche made, 43
When Phillida with Jockey play'd, 331
When Phoebus does rise, 167
When the Spring in Glory, 183
Where divine Gloriana her Palace, 299
Where Oxen do low, 4
Whilst favour'd Bishops new Sleeves, 258
Whilst wretched Fools sneak up, 272
Who in Old Sodom would live, 210
Within an Arbor of Delight, 98
Woe is me, what mun I do, 54
Would you have a Young Virgin, 134
Ye Beaus of Pleasure, 12
Ye Britons aw that, 36
Ye Jacks of the Town, 28
Ye Peers that in State, 32
You love, and yet when I ask you, 165
You Nymphs and Sylvian Gods, 238
Young Collin, cleaving of a Beam, 291
Young Philander woo'd me long, 266

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Subject: Index: Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. 2
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 11:22 PM

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Wit and Mirth: Or, Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. 2
Being a collection of the best merry ballads and songs, old and new. Fitted to all humours, having each their proper tune for either voice, or instrument: most of the songs being new set.
by Thomas D'Urfey (London: Printed by W. Pearson, for J. Tonson, at Shakespear's Head, over-against Catherine Street in the Strand, 1719.)

[Index of first lines:]

A Beau dress'd fine met Miss divine, 169
A Country Bumpkin that Trees did grub, 165
A Grasshopper, and a Fly, 276
A Lad o' th' Town thus made his moan, 148
A Virgin's Life who would be leaving, 260
Abroad as I was walking, 150
Ah! my dearest, my dearest Celide, 143
Ah! tell me no more of your Duty or Vow, 50
Alba Victorious, Alba fam'd in Story, 79
All jolly Rake-hells that sup at, 10
All the Town so lewd are grown, 161
Andrew and Maudlin, 19
Apelles told the Painters fam'd in Greece, 145
As I gang'd o'er the Links of Leith, 240
Augustus crown'd with Majesty, 62
Away, ye brave Fox hunting Race, 269
Behold, how all the Stars give way, 280
Boast no more fond Love, thy Power, 188
Born with the Vices of my kind, 307
Bright Honour provokes me, 118
Brute who descended from Trojan stem, 209
By all the Pow'rs! I love you so, 41
Cease Hymen, cease thy Brow, 144
Chloe's a Nymph in flowry Groves, 270
Chloris, for fear you should think, 241
Clowdy Saturnia drives her Steeds apace, 289
Cold and Raw the North did blow, 167
Come hither all you that love musical Sport, 98
Corrinna when you left the Town, 301
Crown your Bowls Loyal souls, 71
Cynthia with an awful Power, 310
Damon fond of his Peaceful retirement, 272
Dear Jack if you mean, 231
Dear Jemmy when he sees me, 97
Dearest believe without a Reformation, 75
Did not you promise me, 193
Drink, my Boys, Drink and rejoyce, 274
Elevate your Joys, 239
Farewell ye Rocks, ye Seas, and Sands, 60
Flora, beauteous Queen of May, 86
Forc'd by a Cruel lawless Fate, 173
Friend Sawney come sit near me, 268
Full Forty long Years, 242
Go silly Mortall, and ask thy Creator, 213
Have you seen Battledore Play, 303
Here is Hymen, here am I, 117
Here is the Rarity of the whole Fair, 297
High on a Throne of glittering Ore, 7
High Renown and Martial Glory, 107
I follow'd Fame and got Renown, 212
I Love thee well, 217
If Beauty by Enjoyment can, 151
If Gold could lengthen Life, 311
If my Addresses are grateful, 149
In a Desart in Greenland, 253
In a Seller at Sodom, 297
In the Fields in Frost and Snows, 214
In vain, in vain fantastick Age, 131
Jenney and Molly, and Dolly, 68
Joy to great Caesar, 155
Just when the young and blooming, 31
King George was crown'd, 90
Ladies of London, both Wealthy and Fair, 9
Last Night a Dream, 236
Leave, leave the drawing Room, 221
Let Burgundy flow, 43
Let Oliver now be forgotten, 283
Lewis le Grand, 72
Liberty's the Soul of Living, 309
Loyal English Boys, sing and Drink, 95
Make your Honour Miss, 171
Mars now is Arming, 157
Me send you, Sir, one Letter, 140
Monsieur now disgorges fast, 249
Mundunga was as feat a Jade, 115
My Dear, I've sent the Letter, 267
My Life and my Death were once, 57
Myrtillo Darling of kind Fate, 105
Near to the Town of Windsor, 24
Neptune frown, and Boreas roar, 125
New Reformation begins thro' the, 45
No, silly Cloris, 39
Now comes joyful Peace, 109
Now Second Hannibal is come, 257
Now the ground is hard froze, 85
Now the Summer solstice, 235
Now, now the Tories all shall stoop, 286
Of all Comforts I miscarried, 137
Of all our modern Storys, 110
Of noble Race was Shinking, 172
Oh yes! Oh yes! Oh yes! I cry, 262
On a Bank in flowry June, 32
One Holiday last Summer, 47
Peggy in Devotion, 202
Phillis when your ogling Eye, 249
Prattles and Tattles, 163
Room, room, room for a Rover, 204
Rouse up great Genius of, 133
Royal Flora dry up your Tears, 16
Run Lovers, run before her, 263
Shone a Welch Runt, and Hans a Dutch Boor, 77
Sit down my dear Sylvia, 61
Smile Lucinda, Revel with thy happy Race, 123
Smug, rich and fantastick old Fumbler, 312
Some blooming Honour get, 1
State and Ambition, alas, 35
Steer, steer the Yacht to reach the strand, 139
Stella, with Heart controling Grace, 255
Strike up drowsie Gut-scrapers, 218
Stubborn Church-division, 181
Tantivee, tivee, tivee, tivee, high and low, 189
The Golden Age is come, 53
The Infant Spring was shining, 128
The Instrument with which to sing, 247
The Joys of Court, or City, 292
The Larks awake the drowzy Morn, 197
The Parliament sate, 66
The Sages of Old, 18
The Thundring Jove, 258
The World was hush'd, and Nature lay, 305
There's such Religion in my Love, 298
Tho' Caelia Art you shew, 64
'Tis gone, the Black and Gloomy Year, 278
'Tis not a Kiss, or gentle Squeez, 271
To Cullies and Bullies, 81
To tell a Tale of Windsor my Muse, 103
Trooping with bold Commanders, 87
'Twas when Summer was rosie, 195
Ulm is gone, but basely won, 223
Upon a sunshine Summers Day, 176
Valiant Jockey's march'd away, 229
Wae is me, what ails our Northern Loons, 159
Walking down the Highland Town, 201
Was it some Cherubin, 256
We all to conqu'ring Beauty bow, 37
What ails the foolish Woman, 265
What's the worth of Health or Living, 306
When for Air I take my Mare, 191
When Harrold was invaded, 5
When I make a fond Address, 29
When I Visit Proud Caelia, 261
When Soll to Thetis Pool, 182
When Sylvia in Bathing, her Charms, 175
When the Kine had giv'n a Pail full, 27
When the World first knew Creation, 22
When vile Stella, kind and tendre, 126
While I with wounding Grief did look, 304
Whilst abroad Renown and Glory, 282
Whilst Content is wanting, 206
Whilst the French their Arms discover, 147
Whilst their Flocks were feeding, 134
Why are my Eyes still flowing, 199
Why! why! oh ye Pow'rs, 89
Ye Britains, how long shall I tire, 121
Ye pretty Birds that Chirp and sing, 96
Yet we Love ye most, 251
You that delight in a, 12
You the glorious Sons of Honour, 226
You Write of Rural Springs, 259

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Subject: Index: Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. 4
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 11:24 PM

Google Books - full text available

Wit and Mirth: Or, Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. 4
Being a collection of the best merry ballads and songs, old and new. Fitted to all humours, having each their proper tune for either voice, or instrument: most of the songs being new set.
by Thomas D'Urfey (London: Printed by W. Pearson, for J. Tonson, at Shakespear's Head, over-against Catherine Street in the Strand, 1719.)

[Index of first lines:]

A Doctor without any Stomach, 50
A late Expedition to Oxford, 174
A lusty young Smith at his Vice, 195
A Maiden of late, whose Name, 22
A Palphry Proud, prick'd up, 10
A Pox upon this cursed Life, 63
A restless Lover I espy'd, 115
A Shepherd set him under a Thorn, 136
Ah cruel bloody Fate, what can'st, 284
Ah! Chloris awake, 314
Alass! my poor tender Heart, 346
All Hail to the Days that merit, 241
All in a misty Morning, 148
All my past Life is mine no more, 306
Arise, arise, my Juggy, my Puggy, 44
As fair Olinda sitting was, 298
As I came from Tottingham, 179
Bless Mortals, bless the clearing, 286
Blith Jockey Young and Gay, 271
Caelia, that I once was blest, 258
Come all the Youths whose Hearts, 283
Come Fair one be kind, 339
Come listen, good People, the whilst, 15
Come my Hearts of Gold, 47
Cook Lorrel would needs have the, 101
Could Man his Wish obtain, 237
Courtiers, Courtiers, think it no harm, 142
Dermot lov'd Shela well and, 325
Did not you hear, 243
Dolly, come be Brisk and Jolly, 331
Early in the dawning of a, 232
Fancelia's Heart is still the same, 304
Farewel the Darling Shades I love, 240
Farewel Three Kings, where I, 6
Farweel bonny Wully Craig, 230
Fly from Olinda young and fair, 305
Fly merry News among the Crews, 177
Foolish Swain thy sighs forbear, 349
For Iris I sigh and hourly die, 247
Go tell Amyntor gentle Swain, 302
God prosper long our Noble King, 289
Good People all, I pray give Ear, 4
Happy is the Country Life, 288
Happy the Time when free from, 251
Here's a Health to those Men, 341
I a tender young Maid have been, 216
I am a Lover, and 'tis true, 104
I find I am a Cuckold, I care, 108
I have been East, and I have, 106
I never saw a Face till now, 303
I prithee Sweet-heart grant me my, 112
If any one long for a Musical Song, 92
If every Woman was serv'd in, 110
If't please you for to hear, 192
I'll Sing in the Praise, if you'll, 12
I'll sing you a Song of my, 213
I'll tell you a Story, a Story anon, 29
In Courts, Ambition kills the great, 255
In fifty-five, may I never thrive, 169
In our Country, and in your Country, 196
In Paul's Church-yard in London, 263
In Summer time when Flowers, 122
In the Gardiners Paradise sweetly, 221
In the long Vocation, 317
In the Shade upon the Grass, 250
In the World can ever a Trade, 219
In vain she frowns, in vain, 308
Instead of our Buildings and Castles, 200
It is my Delight both Night and, 127
Jenny long resisted Wully's fierce Desire, 65
Joan to the May-Pole away let's run, 145
Jockey late with Jenny walking, 90
Jogging on from yonder Green, 229
Kate, the loveliest thing, 25
Katy's a Beauty surpassing, 66
Lady, sweet now do not frown, 80
Ladys, why doth Love torment you, 82
Let Monarchs fight for Pow'r, 227
Let the Soldiers rejoyce, 277
Let Totnam Court and Islington, 326
Listen Lordlings to my Story, 85
Long have I grieved for to see, 86
Lovely Laurinda! blame not me, 309
Maids are grown so Coy of late, 95
My Lord's Son must not be forgot, 123
My Masters and Friends, and good, 20
My Masters and Friends, and good, 23
My Mind to me a Kingdom is, 88
My Mistress is a Hive of Bees in, 73
My Mother she will not endure, 75
My pretty Maid, fain would I know, 71
Not long ago as all alone I lay, 77
Nothing than Chloe e'er I knew, 209
Now all my Friends are laid in, 116
Now every Place fresh Pleasure yields, 299
Now fie upon a Jealous Brain, 118
Now Gentlemen sit ye all Merry, 49
Now listen again to those things, 34
O Love is longer than the way, 131
Oh London is a fine Town, 40
Oh the Miller, the dusty, 61
Oh! happy, happy Groves, 310
Oh, oh lead me, lead me to some, 126
On Brandon Heath, in sight of, 344
On Enfield Common, I met a Woman, 224
One Evening a little before it was dark, 139
One Sunday after Mass, Dormet and, 278
Pan leave Piping, the Gods have, 26
Pillycock came to my Lady's Toe, 311
Poor Cleonice thy Garlands tear, 337
Prey lend me your Ear if you've, 18
Prithee Friend leave off thy Thinking, 79
Shall I wasting in Despair, 120
Since Pop'ry of late is so much, 32
Smiling Phillis has an Air so, 281
Some Christian People all give ear, 1
Some Wives are Good, and some, 181
Some Years of late, in Eighty Eight, 37
Spare mighty Love, oh spare, 342
Still I'm Wishing, still desiring, 262
Take not the first Refusal ill, 352
The Beard thick or thin, 160
The Devil he was so Weather beat, 198
The Fire of Love in Youthful Blood, 265
The mighty state of Cuckoldom, 336
The Weather's too bleak now, 205
The Wit hath long beholding been, 157
There is one black and sullen, 256
There lately was a Maiden Fair, 210
There was a Lady in the North, 130
There was a Lass in Cumberland, 133
There was a Maid the other Day, 57
There was a Man, a Shentleman, 187
There was an Old Woman, 45
There were too Bumpkins lov'd, 171
These London Wenches are so stout, 206
They say the World is full of Pelf, 69
This is a Structure fair, 166
Tho' bootless I must needs Complain, 59
Tho' it may seem rude, 38
Tho' the Pride of my Passion fair, 301
Three merry Lads met at the Rose, 259
Thursday in the Morn, 334
To charming Caelia's Arms I flew, 185
To find my Tom of Bedlam, 189
To Hunt the Fox is an Old Sport, 55
Under this Stone lies one, 328
Upon a time I chanced to walk, 67
Upon the Wings of Love my, 348
Was ever a Man so vext with, 155
Well I'll say that for Sir William, 223
What Creature's that with his, 173
What if Betty grows old, 203
What need we take care for, 215
What shall I do to shew how, 235
What tho' I am a Country Lass, 152
What's a Cuckold, learn of me, 208
When Aurelia first I courted, 249
When Cupid from his Mother fled, 280
When I see my Strephon languish, 307
When Ize came first to London Town, 96
When Rich Men die, whose Purses, 8
When Sawney first did Wooe me, 212
When Troy Town for Ten Years Wars, 266
While the Citizens prate, 183
Whilst Europe is alarm'd with, 253
Why does the Morn in Blushes rise, 239
Why should we boast of Lais, 273
Will you please to give ear a while, 52
Women are wanton, yet cunningly, 201
You Maidens and Wives, 163
Young Phaon strove the Bliss to taste, 287
Your Courtiers scorn we Country, 99

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Subject: Index: Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. 6
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 11:26 PM

Google Books - full text available

Wit and Mirth: Or, Pills to Purge Melancholy, Vol. 6
Being a collection of the best merry ballads and songs, old and new. Fitted to all humours, having each their proper tune for either voice, or instrument: most of the songs being new set.
by Thomas D'Urfey (London: Printed by W. Pearson, for J. Tonson, at Shakespear's Head, over-against Catherine Street in the Strand, 1720.)

[Index of first lines:]

A Comely Dame of Islington, 296
A Dean and Prebendary, 213
A Jolly young Grocer of London Town, 286
A Little Love may prove a Pleasure, 307
A Pedlar proud as I heard tell, 248
A Pox on such Fools! let the, 186
A Pox on the Fool, 119
A Pox on the Times, 184
A Swain in despair, 262
A Taylor good Lord, in the Time of Vacation, 292
A World that's full of Fools and Mad-men, 229
A Worthy London Prentice, 342
A Young Man and a Maid, 251
A Young Man lately in our Town, 180
Abroad as I was walking, I spy'd, 247
After the pangs of fierce Desire, 78
Ah! how happy's he, 303
All Christians that have Ears to hear, 202
All Joy to Mortals, 181
All own the Young Sylvia is, 261
All you that must take a leap in the Dark, 327
Alphonzo, if you Sir, 339
Amor est Pegma, 239
And now, now the Duke's March, 47
As Amoret and Thyrsis lay, 30
As at Noon Dulcina rested, 206
As Cupid many Ages past, 188
As I am a Sailor, 41
As I came down the hey Land Town, 275
As it befel upon one time, 289
As unconcern'd and free as Air, 33
Astutus Constabularius, 237
At the break of Morning light, 357
At the Change as I was a walking, 324
Aurelia now one Moment lost, 48
Banish my Lydia these, 203
Beauty, like Kingdoms not for one, 217
Belinda's pretty, pretty pleasing Form, 11
Beneath a cool Shade Amaryllis, 270
Blush not redder than the Morning, 195
Boasting Fops who court the Fair, 314
Caelia be not too complying, 306
Caelia's bright Beauty all others transcend, 157
Chloe found Love for his Psyche, 49
Chloris, can you, 299
Clasp'd in my dear Melinda's Arms, 318
Come all that are dispos'd, 255
Come buy my Greens and Flowers, 124
Come Caelia come, let's sit and, 325
Come from the Temple, away to the Bed, 198
Come here's a good Health, 8
Corinna I excuse thy Face, 34
Corinna 'tis you that I Love, 54
Coy Belinda may discover, 52
Cupid make your Virgins tender, 17
Day was spent and Night, 208
Dear Catholick brother, 277
Dear Mother I am Transported, 278
Despairing besides a clear stream, 363
Do not rumple my Top-knot, 55
Ere Phillis with her looks did kill, 321
Fairest Isle, all Isles excelling, 56
Farewel Chloe, O farewel, 365
Farewel my useless Scrip, 320
Fates I defie, I defie your Advances, 345
Fickle Bliss, fantastick Treasure, 259
Fill the Glass fill, fill, 280
Fly, fly ye lazy Hours, 24
Forgive me Cloe if I dare, 175
Fortune is blind and Beauty unkind, 242
From Father Hopkins, 245
Fye Amaryllis, cease to grieve, 27
Fye Jockey, never prattle, 77
Go, go, go, go falsest of thy Sex, 288
God Prosper long our Gracious Queen, 4
Good morrow Gossip Joan, 315
Had I but Love, 304
Hang the Presbyters Gill, 182
Hang this whining way of Wooing, 58
Having spent all my Coin, 169
Hear Chloe hear, 356
Here's the Summer sprightly, gay, 59
Honest Shepherd, since, 182
How Charming Phillis is, how Fair, 372
How happy are we, 319
How happy, how happy is she, 176
How happy's he who weds a Wife, 370
How happy's that Husband who after, 205
How happy's the Husband, 73
How is the World transform'd, 257
How Long, how long shall I pine, 14
Hub ub, ub, boo, 281
I am a cunning Constable, 236
I am a Jolly Toper, 200
I am a poor Shepherd undone, 284
I am come to lock all fast, 78
I Courted and Writ, 253
I fain wou'd find a passing, 139
I have a Tenement to Let, 355
I know her false, 76
I Love to Madness, rave t' enjoy, 285
I seek no more to shady coverts, 166
I try'd in Parks and Plays, 173
If ever you mean to be kind, 75
If I hear Orinda Swear, 21
If I should go seek the, 141
If Wine be a Cordial, 82
I'll press, I'll bless thee Charming, 297
I'll tell thee Dick where I have, 282
I'll tell you all, both great, 233
I'm vext to think that Damon, 317
In a Flowry Myrtle Grove, 196
In vain Clemene you bestow, 80
Just coming from Sea, 35
Ken you, who comes here, 18
Lais when you, 295
Lavia would, but dare not venture, 353
Lay by your Pleading, 191
Lerinda complaineth that, 85
Let Mary live long, 84
Let not Love, let not Love on me, 23
Let those Youths who Freedom, 333
Let's Sing as one may say, 226
Let's wet the whistle of the, 224
Liberia's all my Thought, 51
Lorenzo you amuse the Town, 302
Love is a Bauble, 238
Love, the sweets of Love, 368
Love's Passion never knew, 305
Love's Pow'r in my Heart, 204
Lucinda has the de'el and all, 232
Marlborough's a brave Commander, 9
May her blest Example chace, 97
Mirtillo, whilst you patch, 169
Mortals learn your Lives to, 161
Must Love, that Tyrant of the, 315
My Dear and only Love, 122
My dear Corinna, give me leave, 81
My Friend thy Beauty, 294
My Nose is the Flattest of all, 132
My Nose is the largest of all, 131
My Theodora can those Eyes, 337
Never sigh, but think of kissing, 103
New Pyramid's raise, 99
No, no, poor suffering Heart, 90
Noble King Lud, 134
Not your Eyes Melania move me, 322
Now dry up thy Tears, 40
Now I'm resolv'd to Love no more, 312
Now Jockey and Moggy are ready, 350
Now, now the Night's come, 349
Now, now the Queen's Health, 116
Of all the handsome Ladies, 348
Oh how Happy's he, who from, 105
Oh Roger I've been to see Eugene, 346
Oh the Charming Month of May, 344
Oh! my Panting, panting Heart, 25
Oh! the mighty pow'r of Love, 162
Over the Mountains, 86
Phillis lay aside your Thinking, 107
Phillis, I can ne'er forgive it, 187
Pish fye, you're rude Sir, 108
Poor Sawney had marry'd a Wife, 268
Retire old Miser, 209
Richest Gift of lavish Nature, 264
Room for Gentlemen, 136
Say cruel Amoret, how long, 112
See bleeding at your Feet, 311
She met with a Country-man, 31
She went Apparell'd neat and fine, 95
Since Phillis swears Inconstancy, 194
Since Tom's in the Chair, and every one here, 340
Sit you merry Gallants, 145
Some in the Town go betimes, 197
Sometimes I am a Tapster new, 91
Sors sine visu, 244
Stand clear, my Masters, 62
Such a happy, happy, Life, 362
Such command o'er my Fate, 113
Suppose a Man does all he can, 210
Tell me why so long, 114
Tell me, tell me, charming, 128
That scornful Sylvia's Chains, 260
The gordian Knot, 88
The King is gone to Oxon Town, 158
The Night is come that will, 330
The Ordinance a-board, 250
The Restauration now's the Word, 361
The Rosey Morn lukes blith and Gay, 360
The World is a Bubble and full of, 38
Then come kind Damon come, 323
There Dwelt a Widow in this Town, 93
There is a Thing which in the light, 106
There was an Old Man, 100
There was three Travellers, 177
There's a new set of Rakes, 330
There's none so Pretty, 222
There's not a Swain, 110
Tho' Begging is an Honest Trade, 338
Tho' I love and she knows it, 167
Tho' thou'rt ugly and Old, 143
Tho' you make no return, 149
Through the cold shady Woods, 44
Thus Damon knock'd at Caelia's Door, 37
'Tis a foolish mistake, 115
To meet her Mars the Queen of Love, 19
To you Fair Ladies now at Land, 272
Tom Tinker's my true love, 265
Tormenting Beauty leave my Breast, 111
Troy had a breed of brave, 218
Underneath the Castle Wall, 120
Unguarded lies the wishing Maid, 129
Vobis magnis parvis dicam, 234
Walk up to Virtue Strait, 301
War, War and Battle now no more, 15
We merry Wives of Windsor, 211
What sayest thou, 287
What shall I do, I am undone, 121
What shall I do, I've lost my Heart, 299
What state of Life can be, 163
What, Love a crime, 154
When Beauty such as yours, 310
When crafty Fowlers would, 313
When Dido was a Carthage Queen, 192
When embracing my Friends, 354
When first I lay'd Siege to my Chloris, 308
When I have often heard young Maids, 156
When I was in the low Country, 300
When Jockey first I saw, 165
When on her Eyes, 267
When Sylvia was kind, 153
When Wit and Beauty, 151
Whilst Phillis is Drinking, 13
Who can Dorinda's Beauty view, 326
Why alas do you now leave me, 309
Why will Clemene when I gaze, 372
With sighing and wishing, 271
Wo'as me poor Lass! what mun, 263
Ye Commons and Peers, 1
You Friends to Reformation, 215
You guess by my wither'd Face, 172
You Ladies draw near, 329
You tell me Dick, you've lately, 331
Young Strephon and Phillis, 220
Young Strephon he has Woo'd, 241
Your Melancholy's all a Folly, 334
Z—ds Madam return me my Heart, 147

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Subject: RE: Pills to Purge Melancholy - available online
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 07:14 PM

From another thread:

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01-Apr-07 - 09:34 AM
Thread Name: Pills to Purge Melancholy IN PRINT!
Subject: RE: Pills to Purge Melancholy IN PRINT!

These are available online at Internet Archive. The titles are different, but the contents are the same as Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy (Folklore Library Publishers reprint (1959) of 1876 edition):

Songs compleat, pleasant and divertive, set to musick (Volume 1) (1719)

Songs compleat, pleasant and divertive, set to musick (1719) (title page: Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. 2)

Songs compleat, pleasant and divertive, set to musick (Volume 3) (1719)

Songs compleat, pleasant and divertive, set to musick (Volume 4) (1719)

Songs compleat, pleasant and divertive, set to musick (Volume 5) (1719)

Songs compleat, pleasant and divertive, set to musick (Volume 6) (1720)

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