Fair Maid of the Inn (The)
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FAIR MAID OF THE INN, THE. AKA and see "Pleasures of the Town (2) (The)." English, Country Dance. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. Fair Maid of the Inn was the title of a stage comedy sometimes attributed to Jacobean playwright John Fletcher (1579-1625), written in the year of his death from the plague. The melody was first printed in Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances vol. 4, (London, 1780). A different tune, with "Fair Maid of the Inn" as an alternate title (to "Molly Mog") appears in Watt's Musical Miscellany, vol. 2 (1729). The alternate title, "Pleasures of the Town," also belongs to other, different, melodies as well (including a different "Pleasures of the Town (3) (The)" also published in the Thompson's 1780 collection).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 31.