E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The sailors choice in Dibdins exquisite song beginning, Twas post meridian half-past four. At half-past four he parted by signal from his Nancy; at eight he bade her a long adieu; next morn a storm arose, and four sailors were washed overboard, but love forbade the waves to snatch our tar from Nancy; when the storm ceased an enemy appeared, but when the battle was hottest our gallant friend put up a prayer and thought on Nancy.
Miss Nancy. Mrs. Anna Oldfield, a celebrated actress, buried in Westminster Abbey. She died in 1730, and her remains lay in state, attended by two noblemen. She was buried in a very fine Brussels lace head-dress, a holland shift, with a tucker and double-ruffles of the same lace, new kid gloves, etc.