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X:1 T:New Stepney March M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:"Moderato" N:"For the violin." A setting in D major, No. 540, p. 206, is for the German flute. R:March B:James Aird - Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788, No. 539, p. 205) N:"Humbly dedicated to the Volunteers and Defensive Bands of Great Britain and Ireland" Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G B/c/|dBG g2e|f2d e2c|dBG dBG|FAA A2 B/c/| dBG g2e|f2d e2c|dBc dBe|BcA G2:| |:D/C/|B,2D G2B|FAc GBd|c2e dBG|FAA A2 D/C/| B,2D G2B|FAc GBc|dBc dBg|BcA G2:|]

The Treat at Stepney, 1740-1760
NEW STEPNEY MARCH. English, March (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Stepney was a rural suburb of London and boasted a more humble alternative to the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall and Ranelagh. The elites had their galleries and meticulously cultivated gardens, while the common man had Stepney.

At Stepney now, with Cakes & Ale,
Our Tars their Mistresses regale,
What Humour sits on ev'ry Brow,
John grows Polite, he knows not how;
And marks with meaning grin, below
How Frank, who, extended on the Beach,
Surveys the Port he hopes to reach;
There Kit Admires, with keener taste,
The Trollop, whom he weds in haste
And jovial James, with lifted Glass,
Drinks to and Toasts, his fav'rite Lass,
Mean while the Sounde their fidler Scrapes,
With fist and Elbow, Richard apes:
And equal mirth's, in distant views,
Attracks the eyes of Various Crews.

Stepney has long been absorbed into greater London.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), Glasgow, 1788; No. 539, p. 205 [1].

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