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BATH [1], THE. English, Country Dance ("Longways for as many as will"). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The melody first appears in print in John Playford's The English Dancing Master [1] (1651). It was printed in several of the subsequent editions of the long-running series, ending with a reprint of the 3rd edition, in 1665, after which it was dropped. There are two different melodies with this title in Playford, which refers to the dancing at the assemblies at the spa resort town of Bath, England, which seems to have been known as "The Bath" [1]. It has been famous since Roman times for its medicinal hot-springs. Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary entry for June 12th, 1668:

Having dined very well, 10S, we came before night to the Bath; where I presently stepped out with my landlord and saw the baths with people in them.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; p. 17. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 42.

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  1. Anne G. Gilchrist, "Some Additional Notes on the Traditional History of Certain Ballad-Tunes in the Dancing Master", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 3, No. 4, Dec., 1939, p. 277).