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HIT AND MISS. AKA and see "Daphne." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Sharp): AABBC (Barnes, Karpeles, Raven). The tune (as "Daphne") was first published by John Playford in the first edition of his English Dancing Master (1651), however, it appears to have been dropped after the revised 3rd edition of 1665. It appears that "Hit and Miss" was the name of the dance, set to the tune of "Daphne." "Hit and Miss" is the name of a famous old tavern in England, although what connection it might have with the tune is unknown. Hackwood (1909) suggests the name of the tavern has to do with the owner's outlook on his fortunes in purchasing such an establishment.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 39, p. 25. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 17. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 38. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 42.

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