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24 songs, of which all but no. 8 were printed, 1747-1754, n.d.

MS. Mus. e. 20

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Songs, of which all but no. 8 were printed, sometimes in slightly different versions, on single sheets in the first half of the 18th cent. In score, unless otherwise stated. Copied mid-18th cent. Spaces filled and songs added on 13 Sep 1751 and after. Not all the pieces are complete as the volume was damaged by damp.

Those sufficiently legible to be listed are:

  1. (fols. 5-6v) 'With early horn', [John Ernest Galliard].
  2. (fol. 7) 'As musing I ranged', [Henry Carey].
  3. (fol. 8) 'The Country [Girl's Farewell]', beg. 'Farewell ye hills'.
  4. (fol. 9) 'While the town agrees that Polly', [George Monro].
  5. (fols. 9v-10) 'Bumper Squire Jones', beg. 'Ye good fellows all'. Melody only.
  6. (fol. 10v) 'Once more I'll tune the vocal shell'. Bass line added later.
  7. (fol. 11) 'From scourging rebellion', [George Frideric Handel, HWV 228/9].
  8. (fols. 11v-12) 'Young Tom was an honest man', 3-part catch.
  9. (fols. 11v-12) 'Welcome welcome brother debtor'.
  10. (fol. 13) 'From sweet bewitching looks of love', with accompaniment for German flute, 'recd. from Atcham 12 April 174[7(?)]'.
  11. (fol. 13v) 'Why heaves my fond bosom' 'Set by Mr. [Samuel] Howard', dated 13 Sep. 1751. Melody only.
  12. (fol. 14) 'Dear Chloe attend to th' advice', [Samuel Howard]. Melody only. Dated 13 Sep 175[1].
  13. (fol. 14) 'Let ambition fire thy mind'. Duet [from John Weldon's Judgement of Paris]
  14. (fols. 14v-16) 'The new subscription song set by Mr. [Michael] Arne', beg. 'To the words that I sing'.
  15. (fol. 16) 'Saw you the nymph', [Henry Carey].
  16. (fols. 16v-17) 'He comes he comes the hero comes', duet, [Henry Carey]. 9 verses of which 3-9 were later crossed out.
  17. (fol. 17v) 'Contentment', beg. 'No glory I covet' 'Set by Mr. Abiel Whichello'.
  18. (fol. 18) 'Come all ye young lovers', [William Boyce]. Dated 18 Nov 1747.
  19. (fol. 19) 'The [Mod]est Question set by Mr. Russell', beg. 'Can love be contrould [sic]'. Dated 17 Dec 1747.
  20. (fols. 19v-20v) 'Old Chiron thus preached', duet, [Michael Wise].
  21. (fol. 21) 'Let us revel and rore', duet, [John Eccles, from The Lovers Luck].
  22. (fol. 21v) 'Ghosts of every occupation [by John Ernest Galliard] from Dr. Faustus. Dated 13 Sep 1751.
  23. (fol. 22) 'The Somersetshire Cl[own]', words, beg. 'Go vind the vickar', 'by Mr. Dursey'. Dated 13 Sep 1751.
  24. (fol. 23) 'The women all tell me'. Dated 15 Nov 1751.

On fol. 12v are the words only of two songs, beg. 'The Lawland lads', and 'Yes I am in love'; on fol. 22 are words only of two songs, beg. 'At the brow of a hill', and 'All languid and pale'; on fols. 23v-25v are copies of verses printed in The Oxfordshire Contest, 1753, partly in shorthand.


  • Creation: 1747-1754, n.d.


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Mus. e. 20

Other Finding Aids

RISM 800274050

Custodial History

Previously owned by Percy Manning.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by Percy Manning, 1917.

Physical Facet

26 leaves, probably originally stitched in a single quire. Watermark resembles Heawood 3700. Ruled with up to 10 staves to a page, as needed.


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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom