Dumpe (The)

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DUMPE, THE. Irish. An air appearing in Luke Wadding's (the Bishop of Ferns) A Pious Garland of Godly Songs for the Solace of his Friends and Neighbors in their Afflictions. A dump was an old dance form, about which little is known. Shakespeare mentions it twice, in "Lucrece" (ver. 161) and in Romeo and Juliet (IV, 5) where it appears in the phrase "O, play me some merry dump to comfort me" (which may be a joking play on words).

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