Annotation:Maiden's Blush (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Maiden's Blush [1] T:Bump Her Belly M:6/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:John Young - Second Volume of the Dancing Master (1718) N:"Longways for as many as will." Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A2|d2e2f2 e2f2d2|c3B A2 d4F2|G2A2B2 A2B2c2|d6 A2F2D2:|| |:A2|d2e2f2 e2f2g2|a2f2d2 e2c2A2|d2e2f2 e2f2g2|a2f2d2 e2c2A2| f2a4 f2a4|f2a4 f2a4|A2B2c2 A2B2c2|d4 A2F2D2:||

MAIDEN'S BLUSH [1], THE. AKA - "Bump Her Belly." AKA and see "Brickfields (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. Under the title "Bump Her Belly" the tune was first printed by John Young in his Second Volume of the Dancing Master [1] (1710), by which title it also appeared in the second edition of that volume, printed in 1714. However, with the third edition (1718, p. 95, and in the fourth edition of 1728) the title changed to "The Maiden's Blush," and "Bump Her Belly" was relegated to alternate title status. Under the title "Bump Her Belly" the tune appears in Walsh & Hare's The Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1719, p. 114, reissued in 1754).

"Bump Her Belly" certainly gives a more lascivious twist to the blushing maiden of the tune, for to 'belly-bump' or 'bump her belly' was slang for coitus, and 'to get a belly-bumper' was to become pregnant with child.

There is a song for which the indicated tune is "Bump Her Belly" in J. Hippisley's opera Sequal to Flora (1732) that begins:

What lusty young babies by us will be got,

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 50.

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