Secret fates guide our states, both in mirth and mourning.
Note 1. From Richard Alisons An Hours Recreation in Music, 1606. Three additional stanzas, found in The Golden Garland of Princely Delights, and in the Roxburghe Ballads, are not given in Alisons version, and Mr. Bullen doubts if they were written by Campion. Also in the Roxburghe Ballads a Second part is appended. It would seem that Campion was indebted to a fifteenth-century song (contained in Rymans collection in the Cambridge Public Library) which commences:
What yf a daye, a night, or howre
Crowne my desyres wythe every deyghte,
for in Sandersons Diary (in the British Museum MSS. Lansdowne, 241, fol. 49, temp. Elizabeth) the first two stanzas of the song appear more like the song in Ryman, and differing in minor points from the later version. The first two stanzas were anonymously printed as early as 1603, at the end of A verie excelent and delectabill Treatise intitulit Philotus, etc. A long notice of this song is given in Chappells Popular Music of the Olden Time, vol. i., p. 310. [back]