Here is an old ground (John Hilton the younger)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-22). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 120 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
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First published: 1658
Description: From Hilton's collection, Catch that Catch can. The "old ground", stated as bars 1-8, is Browning, a popular song of the 1590s which was popular with composers as the basis for instrumental variations; notably by Elway Bevin (3 parts) and William Byrd (5 parts),. The allusion would not have been lost on Hilton's performers. For another catch with the same idea see Browning Madame (Thomas Ravenscroft)
Original text and translations
Here is an old ground;
If right it be sung, 'twill prove a round.
Then hold it true Dick, and sing your notes quick
For you'll find a crafty trick.
Therefore sing your notes quick,
and hold true your prick.
Then merrily we will agree,
Three parts in unity.