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Bonny Grey Eye'd Morn



1696-1718 (Playford, Walsh)

Longways duple minor proper

A1  1-4  1st corners right-hand turn once round, then
         M1 long cast to 2nd place, M2 moving up and 
         turning out into 1st place
    5-8  2nd corners (includes M1) left-hand turn ... 
         W1 cast down, W2 move up.

A2  1-4  New 1st corners (M2, W1), as above
    5-8: New 2nd corners (M2, W2), as above (all back at home)

B1  1-4  C1 cross right shoulder and move down the outside to 2nd place
         (C2 leading up), then C1 half figure eight up through C2.
    5-8  C1 lead down through cpl below (_next_ C2) and cast back,
         then up through cpl above (own 2s) and cast back (all progressed).

B2  1-4  C2 cross R, down the outside to 2nd place, C1 leading up, 
         C2 half figure eight up through C1.
    5-6  C2 lead down through cpl below (_next_ C1) and cast back.
    7-8  C1 long cast down to 2nd place while C2 lead up and turn 
         out in 1st place.

English Country Dance devised by Kynaston in 1698. It was adapted by Andrew Shaw in 2000.

There is little about the song or tune characteristics, however, that would indicate Scottish provenance or origins. The first stanza goes:

The bonny Gray-eyed Morn began for to peep
When Jockie rouz'd with Love came blithly on;
And I who wishing lay depriv'd of Sleep,
Abhor'd the lazy Hours that slow did run.
But meikle were my Joy's, when in my View
I from the Window sypd' my only Dear;
I took the Wings of Love and to him flew,
For I had fancy'd all my Heaven was there.

It was a popular melody, frequently employed for songs in ballad operas;


ins_bonny_grey-eye_d_morn.txt · Last modified: 2022/12/12 03:02 by mar4uscha