Webster 1913 Edition
ditié, fr. L.
dictatum, p. p. neut. of
dictareto say often, dictate, compose. See
A saying or utterance; especially, one that is short and frequently repeated; a theme.
O, too high
dittyfor my simple rhyme.
A song; a lay; a little poem intended to be sung.“Religious, martial, or civil ditties.”
And to the warbling lute soft
To sing; to warble a little tune.
Beasts fain would sing; birds
dittyto their notes.
Webster 1828 Edition
And to the warblign lute soft ditties sing.