New Way of Wooing (1) (The)
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NEW WAY OF WOOING , THE. AKA and see "Cocks Louns walie hoyn," "I Cannot Ken my own house." Scottish, English, American; Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). England, Northumberland; USA, Massachusetts. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The title may be a reference to Thomas Passinger's The Academy of complements, or, A new way of wooing wherein is variety of love-letters, very fit to be read of all young men and maids, that desire to learn the true way of complements, printed in London in 1685; however, there are also other 17th century publications and songs that have the phrase in the title. The melody sounds Scottish. Some of the earlier printings of the tune can be found in dancing master Daniel Wright's collection of c. 1740 (p. 9) and John Walsh's Caledonian Country Dances .
"New Way of Wooing " is one of the "missing tunes" from William Vickers' 1770 manuscript of dance melodies popular in Northumberland, but it is contained in the music copybook of Joseph Barnes (Carlisle, 1762). In America, it appears in Whittier Perkins' violin copybook MS (Massachusetts, 1790) which is reproduced in facsimile on p. 39 of Music in Colonial Massachusetts, I, 1980.