Mistress's Health (II), The
DESCRIPTION: "Our mistress's health we now begin, In spite of the Pope and the Spanish king" She has gold and silver and can get more. Let's smoke and drink. "Let the mistress's health go round"
EARLIEST DATE: 1893 (Broadwood/Maitland-EnglishCountySongs)
KEYWORDS: drink nonballad royalty
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Broadwood/Maitland-EnglishCountySongs, p. 141, "The Mistress's Health" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [121 words]: "The popularity of the poet's royal mistress, Queen Elizabeth, has been brought before us, in a drinking-song of the time, by Mr F.E. Sawyer, among the specimens of Sussex music (p. 322): 'Our mistress's health we'll now begin ....'" (source: T Morgan, "Review of the [4 May 1887] Session" in The Journal of the British Archaeological Association (London, 1887 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. XLIII, p. 201). The text is the first four lines of the second Broadwood/Maitland-EnglishCountySongs text. The source for Broadwood/Maitland-EnglishCountySongs's version, from Sussex, is not stated and may also be Sawyer (possibly Frederick Ernest Sawyer, Sussex Folk-Lore and Customs Connected with the Seasons (London, 1883)). - BS
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