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Manuscripts Part Two - page 2 of 3.
Jones In His Own Handwriting (Part 2), The Giles Earle's Songbook and Maybe More

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Jones In His Own Handwriting - A Manuscript from the Folger Shakespeare Library - Part Two
The love of change hath changed the world throughout
And what is counted good but that is strange?
New things wax old, old new, all turn about,
And all new things change exept the love of change.
Yet find I not that love of change in me.
But as I am so will always be.

This image is of Jones's hand written second verse of 'The love of change'. It starts "For Who Can Change". J. Quincy Adams, who discovered the song, and published it in an article in the 'Modern Language Quarterly Vol. 1 1940' says "the stanzas follow the text as printed from 'A Poetical Rapsodie' [1602]". Many of Jones' lyrics in his third book of lute songs (1605) and first book of Madrigals (1607) came from 'A poetical Rapsodie' (1602)
Joseph Quincy Adams (1881-1946) continues to say "The manuscript seems to have been in the possession of John Payne Collier at least as early as 1832. The only allusion to it that I have been able to find is in Collier's Diary6 under the date September 20, 1832:
... I have before me a song by the ... musician, in his own handwriting, and with very clever words: he put his name"Ri. Jones," to the whole ...
... How the manuscript came into his hands he does not say but he loosely inserted it in his private copy of the Diary of an Old Man, and so it came into the possession of the Folger. Its authenticity can not be questioned.
6 Diary of an Old Man, "for strictly private circulation," 1871, Part II, p. 53.


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The Giles Earle's Songbook (London British Library - Add. Ms. 24665)
I have never seen this book or read any critique on it. I imagine that the copyist was copying from published lute books and borrowed manuscripts. Beside Jones's works, I think that the book has airs from many other song bookes. A CD by Evelyn Tubb called The Dark is my Delight printed a facsimile of 'The Dark is my delight' from this British Library, Add. Ms. 24665. I am struck by the script which seems to have some points in common with Jones own handwriting from "The love of change hath changed the world throughout" Manuscript from the Folger Shakespeare Library (see above). At the moment I cannot find information on other song from other composer's song books. I do not know if the copyist was Giles Earle. Nine songs seem to have been copied directly out of Robert Jones's Third Booke which was printed at least 10 years before the copyist copied them.

1. Did Robert Jones have anything to do with the writing of this Manuscript? 2. How much did the copyist know of Robert Jones? 3. Can we guess the author of any of the anonymous songs?

1. I would like to have a close look at the handwriting. 2. I would like to examine the song order. 3. Since 'XIX. My mistress sings no other song' a Robert Jones song from his first booke appears in John Marsdon's the 'Dutch Courtezan', and since this is one of the greatest manuscript source, this seems to be an indication that Robert Jones wrote 'The Dark is my delight'.

P. T. C.

- From - The London British Library - Add. Ms. 24665 - Giles Earle's Songbook (c. 1615-1626)
- An incomplete list of the songs of the manuscripts compiled from (what I have around) Edward Doughtie's 'Lyrics From Elizabethan Airs , 1596-1622', Dr. Craig-McFeely's thesis and a CD by E. Tubb called 'Dark is My Delight' -

- in BM MS Add. 24665 is;
[Robert Jones, 1601 #7] Fie what A coil is here - this not the source for CD by Evelyn Tubb, who did her recording from Manuscript 439, from Christ Church.
[Robert Jones, 1605 #1] Do not, O do not prize thy beauty - fols. 13v-14 (with Jones's melody and bass)
[Robert Jones, 1605 #2] Beauty sat bathing by a spring -fols. 14v-15 (with Jones's melody and bass)
[Robert Jones, 1605 #3] Go to bed, sweet muse - fols. 15v-16 (with Jones's melody and bass)
[Robert Jones, 1605 #4] Shall I look to ease my grief? - fols. 16v-17 (with Jones's melody and bass)
[Robert Jones, 1605 V.] What if I sped where I least expected - fols. 17 - 18
[Robert Jones, 1605 #7] Cease troubled thoughts - fols. 18v - 19
[Robert Jones, 1605 #8] Cynthia, Queen - fols. 19v - 20
[Robert Jones, 1605 #12] Think's thou Kate - fols. 20v - 21, and dated "1615"
[Robert Jones, 1605 #13] When will the fountain - fols. 21v - 22
[Robert Jones, 1605 #14] Fly from the world - fols. 22v - 23 (with Jones's melody and bass)
Dark is My Delight (A song in John Marsdon's play 'The Dutch Courtezan'.) - Anon. fols. 58v-59
When Daphne did from Phoebus Fly

On a CD by Evelyn Tubb is (track #8.) The Dark is My Delight - Anon. It is in a play by John Marsdon (his 'The Dutch Courtezan')
One of Jones's songs (XIX. 'My mistress sings no other song' from his first booke,) appears in John Marsdon's the 'Dutch Courtezan'. 1606?
(? Handwriting in MS.439) - P. T. C.

From Dr. Craig-McFeely's thesis at; http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/julia/ap2/
" -- Giles Earle's Songbook 1615 [APPENDIX 3 Index of composers
- Earle, Giles Montbuysson 26v/2-27/1 Montbuysson D-KlMs.4deg..Mus.108.1 Victor de Montbuysson 1611 - - 26v/2-27/1 - When Daphne did from Phoebus Fly - Giles Earle ]"


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