Jack's Farewell (The)
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JACK'S FAREWELL, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Sharp): AABB (Barnes). A 'Jack' was an English seaman, as in 'Jack Tar'. The melody dates to 1698, when it was published by Henry Playford in the supplement to Part II, 2nd edition of the Dancing Master. The melody was retained in the long-running series, through the 18th and final volume of 1728 (then published by John Young, heir to the Playford concerns). It also appears in all three editions of Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing Master (1718, 1735 & 1754).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 397, p. 93. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 74.