Come Hither, Tom

DESCRIPTION: "Come hither, Tom, and make up three, And sing this catch with me; Though the tune be old, I dare be bold, Tis good, if we all agree ... Keep time upon his [Jack's] back .... listen to the bass For he will us disgrace ...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1790 (_Old Poor Robin An Almanac_)
KEYWORDS: music nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Williams-Thames, pp. 300-301, "Come Hither, Tom" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 181)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Herrick [?; "Poor Robin"], Old Poor Robin An Almanack (London, 1790 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 6, ("Come hither, Tom, and make up three") (1 text) [Wikipedia article "Poor Robin's Almanack": "It was published from circa 1663 until 1828. The poet Robert Herrick is thought to have established it."]
Thomas Oliphant, La Musa Madrigalesca (London, 1837 ("Digitized by Google")),#333 p. 299, ("Come hither, Tom, and make up three") (1 text)

Roud #1336
NOTES [51 words]: Oliphant: "Music by W. Cranford, one of the Singing-men of St Paul's Cathedral."
Wildridge at Wiltshire-WSRO quoting Williams: "They never popular with the ordinary village minstrels and were seldom, if ever, heard at the inns", referring to "Come Hither, Tom," "'Twas You, Sir," and "Poor Johnny's Dead." - BS
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