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OLD TUNES – LIBERTY SONG


The Liberty Song 1768

A short time after the refusal of the Massachusetts Legislature to rescind the Circular Letter of February 11, 1768, relating to the imposition of duties and taxes on the American Colonies, John Dickinson of Delaware, the celebrated author of a series of essays entitled “The Farmer’s Letters,” wrote to James Otis of Massachusetts, as follows: “I … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – HEARTS OF OAK


‘Hearts of Oak’ First sung by a Mr Champnes in ‘Harlequin’s Invasion’, 1759. The words are by David Garrick and the music by Dr Boyce, the Kensington composer. Boswell, in his Life of Johnston, tells how he was invited to sing a typically English song, while on a visit to Corsica. ‘Never did I see men so delighted with a … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – HASTE TO THE WEDDING


HASTE TO THE WEDDING In 1767, a song entitled “Rural Felicity,” was included in the play, The Elopement, which was performed at the Theater Royal in Drury Lane, London. The tune was known as “Haste to the Wedding.” The song was sung by Mrs. Scott, and Mrs. Dorman.* The tune is available upon request by email @ rhauley@nycap.rr.com.


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