minstrel: Dompe?

Vanessa Layne dagoura at MIT.EDU
Wed Jan 12 13:31:01 PST 2000

>From the Oxford English Dictionary:

dompe == dumpe

   3. A mournful or plaintive melody or song; also, by extension, a tune
   in general; sometimes app. used for a kind of dance. Obs.
     * A. 1553 Udall Royster D. ii. i. (Arb.) 32 Then twang with our
       sonets, and twang with our dumps, And heyhough from our heart, as
       heauie as lead lumpes.
     * A. 1586 Sidney Sonn. in Arb. Garner II. 180 Some good old dumpe,
       that Chaucers mistresse knew.
     * 1591 Shaks. Two Gent. iii. ii. 85 To their Instruments Tune a
       deploring dumpe.
     * 1610 Holland Camden's Brit. i. 421 The funerall Song or Dump of a
       most ancient British Bard.
     * 1706 Addison Rosamond i. iv, What heart of stone Can hear her
       moan, And not in dumps so doleful join?
     * A. 1852 Moore Vision ii. 33 Like..an Irish Dump (`the words by
       Moore') At an amateur concert screamed in score. 

There is at least one Dowland piece titled <Soandso's> Dump.

-- Tibicen, OED fan
   tibicen at carolingia.org

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