Matthew Locke (1621-1677) was born in Exeter England
and later trained in the choir of Exeter Cathedral,
under Edward Gibbons, the brother of Orlando Gibbons.
At the age of eighteen Locke travelled to the
Netherlands, possibly converting to Roman Catholicism
at the time.
"My Lodging Is on the Cold Ground" was originally
written by Locke in 1665. it appearedfor the first time
in a book in 1775 when Thomas Moore wrote the lyrics
"Believe Me,If All Those Endearing Youg Charmes" to
It is occasionally wrongly credited to Sir William
Davenant, whose older collection of tunes may have been
the source for later publishers, including a collection
titled General Collection of Ancient Irish Music,
compiled by Edward Bunting in 1796. Sir John Andrew
Stevenson has been credited as responsible for the
music for Moore's setting.
Although this piece was originally created for folk
instrument(s), I created this arrangement for Woodwind
Trio (Flute, Oboe & Bassoon).