Clear Cavalier (The)

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CLEAR CAVALIER, THE. English, Air (4/4 and 6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune appears in Charles Morgan's MS (1682), John Bannister's Division Violin MS, Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin, the ballad opera Love in a Riddle (1729). Chappell (1859) states it was introduced as "The Card Dance" in Mrs. Behn's farce The Emperor of the Moon (1687). The song, attributed to Samuel Butler, was a Cavalier (i.e. a royalist in the English Civil War) ballad and was published in several collections filled with loyal songs to King Charles.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 2, 1859; pp. 32-33.

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