'Twas within a Furlong of Edinburgh Town
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'TWAS WITHIN A FURLONG OF EDINBURGH TOWN. English, Air and Country Dance Tune (whole time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The tune was first published in Henry Playford's Dancing Master, 9th edition (1701, p. 12). It was retained in subsequent editions of the Dancing Master through the 18th and final edition of 1728. It was also published by rival London music publisher John Walsh in his Compleat Country Dancing Master, 1718, 1731, and 1754, and in his Compleat Country Dancing Master, Volume the Fourth (1740).
“’Twas within a Furlong of Edinbrough Town” – arranged as a song by composer Henry Purcell, who is sometimes credited with the music, as Thomas D’Urfey is sometimes credited with the lyric. Appears in the 1696 supplement to the 9th edition of the Dancing Master, and is part of the core repertoire of British traditional music today. The song "'Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh town" was a song written Thomas D'Urfey who printed it in the first volume of his Wit and Mirth; or, Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719-20), set to a tune by composer Henry Purcell (1658-1695) who first published it in Deliciae Musicae, vol. III (1696), under “’Twas within a Furlong of Edinbrough Town” – arranged as a song by composer Henry Purcell, who is sometimes credited with the music, as Thomas D’Urfey is sometimes credited with the lyric. Appears in the 1696 supplement to the 9th edition of the Dancing Master, and is part of the core repertoire of British traditional music today. the title "A Scotch Tune" with the alternate title "'Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh town." The first stanza goes:
'Twas within a furlong of Edinborough Town,
In the rosy time of year when the grass was down;
Bonny Jocky blithe and gay,
Said to Jenny making hay,
Let's sit a little (dear) and prattle, 'tis a sultry day.
He long had courted the black-brown maid,
But Jocky was a wag and would ne'er consent to wed,
Which made her Pish and Pooh,
And cry out it will not do,
I cannot, cannot, wonnot, wonnot buckle to.
The melody was used as the vehicle for airs in a number of period London ballad operas, including Edward Phillips The Chamber-Maid (1735), William Rufus Chetwood's The Lover's Opera (1729), John Gay's Polly (1729), The Devil to Pay, or the Wives Metamorphos'd (1731), Charles Johnson's The Village Opera (1729), The Footman (1732), John Arthur's The Lucky Discovery, or the Tanner of York (1738), and others.