There is some evidence that the tune for this
may have existed in printed form by at least 1580. Shakespeare
refers to the tune in 1602 in
The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The modern text by William Chatterton Dix was created in 1865. I
have set the tune mostly in Dorian mode, yet at times in minor.
I feel the use of both gives the tune a more Renaissance feel
and also allows far greater expression.