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JENNY SUTTON. Scottish, English; Reel or Country Dance. A Major (most versions): G Major (Aird): B Flat Major (Manson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Jenny Sutton" was the title of a bawdy song by Captain Morris set to the air. The words begin:
Come, charge your glasses, let us raise
From dull oblivion's slumber;
A gallant nymph, well worth the praise,
Whose feats no man can number.
Her hand, like Caesar's, grasp'd it all,
Till envy mark'd her station;
Then like great Caesar, did she fall,
By foul assassination.
For every letch alike prepar'd
She valued not a button;
And culls of ev'ry humour shar'd
The charms of Jenny Sutton!
The melody was included in the music manuscript collections of the Browne Family (Lake District, Cumbria, c. 1800), John Rook (Waverton, Cumbria, 1840), R. Hughes (Whitchuch, Shropshire, 1823), and William Mittel (1799, Kent). The earliest 'recorded' version can be heard as the last tune on the No. 3 barrel of a c. 1805 barrell organ made by Broderip & Wilkinson, London, (Royal College of Music). Early printed sources include, Aird and Thompson (see citation below), and Preston's Twenty four Country-Dances for the Year 1787 (London, p. 16).