I Would if I Could
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I WOULD IF I COULD. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). England, Yorkshire. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody first appears in print in Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (London, 1788, p. 46).
Source for notated version: an MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle].
Printed sources: Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; No. 50, p. 41. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1799; p. 46.