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X: 1 T:Ever Happy. PFD2.060 B:Playford's Dancing Master, Vol 2, 1713-28 Z:vmp.Chris Partington 2015 M:3/2 L:1/4 Q:1/2=80 N:There are indeed only three bars in the first strain W:The first strain twice, and the last but once W:The 1st man cross over and go back to back with the 2d Wo, W:and the 1st Wo cross over and go back to back with the 2d man at the same time .| W:Meet and turn single, then the 1st man turn the 2d Wo with his right hand W:and the 1st Wo turn the 2d man with her right hand at the same time; W:Then the 1st Cu take left hands and turn into their own places :| W:The 1st Cu cross over into the 2d Cu place, and go back to back with their partners W:Then all four lead up hands abreast, then go the figure through W:and cast off into the 2d Cu place .| K:Cm cC2c=Bc|dG,2dcd|eGFED=B:| cC2c/d/ef|gE2e/f/ga|bB2c/d/eG|AfGeFd| eTE2g/a/be|_db2dca|BgAfG=e|fF2f/g/ab| agfedc|=Bg2deG|FdEcD=B|cC2=B,C2|]

EVER HAPPY. English, Country Dance Tune (3/4 time). A Minor (Raven): C Minor (Young). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part: AAB (Playford, Walsh). The melody first appears in Walsh and Randall's New Country Dancing Master, 2nd Book (London, 1710, p. 56). It also was published in the Second Volume of the Dancing Master [1], first edition, published in London in 1710 by John Young. Young was an instrument maker and music seller, who was heir to the Playford music publishing and instrument shop. "Ever Happy" continued to be published in subsequent editions through the fourth and final one of 1728. Walsh, this time with partner John Hare, published the melody again in Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master, editions of 1719, 1735 and 1749.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Second Volume of the Dancing Master (1710) [Offord].

Printed sources : - Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 215. Offord (John of the Green: Ye Cheshire Way), 1985; p. 22. Young (Second Volume of the Dancing Master), 1710; p. 60.

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