|History|| There are two distinct tunes named "Heartsease" and considerable|
differences of opinion as to whether any of the known lyrics fit either
of them. The earliest lyric is "a songe to the tune of hartes ease"
from Thomas Richardes' play on an Italian model, called "Misogonus" (c.
1560). Although it scans well, the text is arranged in short verses
which would only use half the dance tune, implying that an earlier tune
by this name may have had only one strain.
catch "Cries of London" is set to the A strain.
16th century herbal culture was the little wild pansy, known today as
Johnny-jump-up. It was also called "Love in Idleness".
Singe care away with sport & playe
Pasttime is all our
Yf well we fare, for nought we care
In mearth our
constant treasure ...
A cooper I am, and have been
long, and hooping is my trade
And married man am I to as pretty a
wench as ever God hath made
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