Rose is White and Rose is Red

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X: 1 T:Rose is White, Rose is Red. (p)1651.PLFD.083 M:6/4 L:1/4 Q:3/4=100 S:Playford, Dancing Master,1st Ed.,1651. O:England H:1651. Z:Chris Partington. K:Gmix B2B B>AG|A2A c>BA|B2 B B>AG|B3 d2 e/f/| g>^fe d>cB|A2 A e>dc|B2 B B>AG|B3 d3:|

ROSE IS WHITE AND ROSE IS RED. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody was published with circle dance directions by John Playford in The English Dancing Master (1651) and was retained in the long-running series through the 8th edition of 1690, after which it was dropped from subsequent editions. The title phrase appears in Andrew Clark's manuscript and was printed in "Shirburn Ballads, LXX" (No. 10), 1907:

Rose is white and rose is red,
and rose is wondrous bonny,
And rose hath lost her mayden head
by playing with so manye.

Robert Burns submitted as song to the Scots Musical Museum called "Johnie Blunt" with a tune similar to Playford's.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 40 (a facsimile copy of Playford’s original). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 62.

Recorded sources: -

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