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NEW DARGLE, THE. Irish, Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody appears in Hime's 48 Original Irish Country Dances, c. 1795, and as a country dance in The English Archer (c. 1800, Baltimore, MD). There was an Irish manor called New Dargle that the title may refer to. The Rev. John Wesley wrote in his dairy entry in July, 1787, of it:

Wed. 4.--I spent an hour at the New-Dargle, a gentleman's seat four or five miles from Dublin. I have not seen so beautiful a place in the kingdom. It equals the Leasowes in Warwickshire; and it greatly exceeds them in situation; all the walks lying on the side of a mountain, which commands all Dublin bay, as well as an extensive and finely variegated land-prospect. A little river runs through it, which occasions two cascades, at a small distance from each other. Although many places may exceed this in grandeur, I believe none can exceed it in beauty.

See also note for "Dargle (The)."

Source for notated version: Hime (Forty Eight Original Irish Dances Never Before Printed with Basses), Dublin; 1804; No. 8.

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