|Title||L’Allegro up to Date, Punch 124-125 (16 December 1903: 424.|
|Quote||But come, thou Mistress FLORENCE FARR,|
So buxom, blithe, and debonarr,
Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
Care dispelling jollity . . .
The old forgotten dancing-lore,
The steps we cannot understand,
DOLMETSCH agrees to take in hand,
These on the well-trod stage anon,
When next our learned sock is on,
We’ll show, while ARNOLD, Fancy’s child,
Tootles his native wood-wind wild.
These delights if thous canst give,
Miss Farr, within thy Club* I’ll live.
|Notes||*The Sesame Club, where Florence Farr and her dancers performed in that year.|
It is not hard to recognise this portrait of Arnold Dolmetsch, "tootleing his native wood-wind wild." But this presents something of a mystery. Is this verse curiously prophetic (as Cambell (1975: 151) has it, or was Arnold Dolmetsch actually tootling on a recorder before he purchased the original Bressan recorder in 1905 (now in the Horniman Museum, London)?