Merry Milkmaids in Green (The)
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MERRY MILKMAIDS IN GREEN, THE. AKA - "Merry, Merry Milkmaids (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was printed in the first edition of John Playford's English Country Dancing Master as "The Merry, Merry Milkmaids", and was retained in the long running series under that title through the 16th edition. The 17th and 18th editions of Dancing Master (printed in London by John Young) give the title as "The Merry Mildmaids in Green."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Barlow (The Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 60, p. 29. Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 27 (as "Merry Milkmaids"). Watson (A Rollick of Recorders or Other Instruments), 1975; No. 11, pp. 12-13.