derry-down chorus

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What is a derry-down chorus exactly?

"And so saying, he reached the harp, and entertained his guest with the following characteristic song, to a sort of derry-down chorus, appropriate to an old English ditty. (Ivanhoe)

The Scott's note here is " It may be proper to remind the reader, that the chorus of "derry down" is supposed to be as ancient, not only as the times of the Heptarchy, but as those of the Druids,and to have furnished the chorus to the hymns of those venerable persons when they went to the wood to gather mistletoe."
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