To the earliest known settings compiled and arranged by Sir Frederick Bridge and sung by Frank E. Skinner (Tenor)
Two versions of 'O Mistress Mine'
No. 1 is taken from ' The first booke of Consort Lessons,' collected by Thos. Morley,
No. 2. The accompaniment is found in the so-called 'Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book,' now in the Fitzwilliam Library.
It was a lover and his lass
'It was a lover and his lass' is given in its original and complete form by Thos. Morley, 1600.
'Willo, Willo, Willo' Traditional
The melody is from a MS. in the British Museum.
Where the bee sucks.................... T,
Full fathom five R. Johnson (1600)
Take, O take J. Wilson (1594-1673)
'Where the bee sucks,' 'Full fathom five' and 'Take, O take' are taken from 'Cheerful Ayres or Ballads' published at Oxford by Dr. Wilson in 1659. Where the bee sucks....P. Humphrey (1647-1674)
This is another beautiful setting of this song. An interesting variation in the words will be noticed.
A poor soul sat sighing P. Humphrey
This copy is taken from Stafford Smith's 'Musica Antiqua.'
Full fathom five................................. J. Bannister
Come unto these yellow sands .... (1630-1679)
'Full fathom five' and 'Come unto these yellow sands' were written before Purcell's well-known settings