Playford's Dancing Master in 1701
Interpreted by Philippe Callens in 1999.
Proper duple minor longways dance.
Tune: Enfield Common DM 1701 duple, 3/4
A1 1-2 Nbrs. face, set Rt. & Lt. 3-4 Nbrs. turn Rt-h once round A2 1-2 Nbrs. set 3-4 Nbrs. turn Lt-h once round B1 1-4 M. lead thro' W and cast back meet & turn S away 5-8 W. lead thro' M, cast, meet and turn S away B2 1-4 H-4 halfway round, and cloverleaf turn S, 1stC down, 2ndC up, ending facing Nbrs. 5-8 Three changes Rts. & Lts, starting Rt. with Nbr.
Thomas D'Urfey printed it as the vehicle for a ribald song in his Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. 4 (1719-1720). It begins:
On Enfield Common, I met a Woman, A bringing North Hall Water to the Town; Said I, fair Maiden, you're heavily laden, I'll light and give you ease in a Green Gown; Says she, 'tis good Sir, to stir the Blood, Sir, For the Green-sickness, Friend, will make me like it; Then in a Minute I left my Gennett, And went aside with her into a Thicket: Then with her leave there, a Dose I gave her, She straight confess'd her Sickness I did nick it.