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JOG ON (JOG ON THE FOOTPATH WAY). AKA - "Catholick Ballad (The)." AKA and see "Hanskin," "Eighty-Eight." English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 or 6/8 time, with one bar in the part receiving an extra beat). G Major (Chappell, Kines): A Major (Sharp). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The air was published in Playford's English Dancing Master (1650), The Antidote against Melancholy (1661, set to the tune of "Hanskin"), and many other 17th century song collections, attesting to its popularity at the time. It was retained in the Dancing Master through the 10th edition of 1698 [1], and appears under the titles "Jog On" and "Jog On My Honey."

Shakespeare, in his play The Winter's Tale (act IV, scene 3), has Autolycus make his exit with one stanza of the song.

Jog on, jog on, the footpath way
And merrily bent the stile-a;
Your merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a mile-a.

The tune is in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (No. ccxcvii) as "Hanskin."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 48, p. 26. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 1, 1859; p. 159. Kines (Songs from Shakespeare's Plays and Popular Songs of Shakespeare's Time), 1964; p. 27. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 42 (a facsimile copy of the Playford original). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 54.

Recorded sources : - Harmonia Mundi 907101, The King's Delight - "17c. Ballads for Voice & Violin Band" (1993).

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