dump “Formerly the received term for a melancholy strain in music, vocal or instrumental. . . . A dump appears to have been also a kind of dance.” Nares's Gloss. On the first of the following passages Mr. Chappell remarks: “A dump was a slow dance. Queen Mary's Dump is one of the tunes in William Ballet's Lute Book, and My Lady Carey's Dompe is printed in Stafford Smith's Musica Antiqua, ii. 470, from a manuscript in the British Museum, temp. Henry VIII.” Popular Music of the Olden Time, vol. i. p. 210, sec. ed. : “Tune a deploring dump,” THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, iii. 2. 85 ; “play me some merry dump,” ROMEO AND JULIET, iv. 5. 104 ; “dumps so dull and heavy,” MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ii. 3. 66 ; “Distress likes dumps,” THE RAPE OF LUCRECE, 1127.
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