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Enfield Common

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.
ins_enfield_common.txt · Last modified: 2023/02/12 03:15 by mar4uscha