REVENGE. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 or 4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune dates to ca. 1790 and was possibly associated with The Revenge, a burlesque burletta after the fashion of Midas, written by Chatterton, and performed in London at Maryleborne Gardens in 1770. Morrison also prints a country dance of the same name to the tune.
The tune was entered into a few American musicians' manuscript collections of the late 18th century, including those of Whittier Perkins (Massachusets, 1790), Jeremiah Brown (Seabrook, N.H., 1782), and fifer John Treat (1779).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Johnson (A Further Collection of Dances, Marches, Minuetts and Duetts of the Latter 18th Century), 1998; p. 4. Morrison (Twenty-Four Early American Country Dances, Cotillions & Reels, for the Year 1976), 1976; p. 37.