Excerpt from The Minstrelsy of England: A Collection of 200 English Songs With Their Melodies, Popular From the 16th Century to the Middle of the 18th Century
The selection of the melodies has been no light task, and many hundreds of volumes of early music (contained in the m... usical library of the compiler of the historical notes) have been ransacked for suitable material. N o pains have been spared to obtain, by the careful comparison of different versions of an air, the most singable and musically correct copy.
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