Packington's Pound

DESCRIPTION: Dance tune, with no real lyrics of its own, but used as a platform for a great variety of broadsides.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1596 (Barley's "New Book of Tablature")
KEYWORDS: nonballad dancetune
FOUND IN: Britain(England)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Chappell-PopularMusicOfTheOldenTime, pp. 123-125, "Packington's, or Paggington's Pound" (1 text, 1 tune)
Chappell/Wooldridge-OldEnglishPopularMusic I, pp. 259-260, "Packington's Pound" (1 tune)

The Praise of a Dairy (File: BeCo444)
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Come listen a while though the weather be cold/Blanket Fair (Olson-BroadsideBalladIndex ZN636)
I am a young blade that had money good store/The World turn'd up-side down (Olson-BroadsideBalladIndex ZN1231)
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Digby's Farewell
NOTES [76 words]: Folklore has it that a fellow named Packington, in the reign of Elizabeth I, bet that he could swim the length of the Thames. But Elizabeth forbade the attempt, and Packington forfeited his pound. I have no way to verify this; I heard it on a classical music station.
This *tune* is almost certainly traditional, though the words have not endured. It is included in the Index because of the many broadsides set to its melody (see the Same Tune list). - RBW
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