Dulcina

DESCRIPTION: "As at noone Dulcina rested In a sweete and shady bower, Came a shepherd and requested In her lap to sleep an hour." The song obliquely describes what might have happened, but the singer admits ignorance of what actually happened
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1707 (Pills to Purge Melancholy; registered 1615)
KEYWORDS: love courting
FOUND IN: Britain
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Percy/Wheatley III, pp. 153-155, "Dulcina" (1 text)
Chappell/Wooldridge I, pp. 160-161, "Dulcina" (1 tune, partial text)
BBI, ZN195, "As at noon Dulcina rested"

ST Perc3153 (Full)
Roud #9916
SAME TUNE:
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Of late it was my chance to walke/A penny-worth of Good Counsell (BBI ZN2114)
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The golden god Hyperion/An excellent new ditty.. Dulcina complaineth for the absence of.. Coridon (BBI ZN988)
NOTES: This is probably not an actual traditional song (though an attempt to attribute it to Raleigh failed). It is so often cited, however, that I thought it best to include it (there are eight or nine broadsides in the Broadside Ballad Index using this tune).
Izaak Walton's Compeat Angler also refers to this tune (Chapter II). He makes it sound like a folk song -- but he lists "Phyllida Flouts Me" and other arty songs in the same context. - RBW
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