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X:1 T:Take my Bitt M:C| L:1/8 S:Walsh, John, The Compleat Country Dancing-Master, 2nd Book, S:London, 1740, p. 10 N:Each strain twice Z:François-Emmanuel de Wasseige K:D DEFG A2F2|B2E2 G2B2|DEFG A2F2|B2G2 A2F2| G2B2 F2A2|E2C2 C2E2|fgaf efge|d2A2 F2A2|| f2d2 fgaf|e2c2 efge|f2d2 fgaf|f2d2 fgaf| g2b2 f2a2|e2c2 efge|fgaf efge|d2A2 F2A2|]



TAKE MY BITT. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody, with directions for a country dance, was first published by John Walsh in his Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, second edition (London, c. 1735, reprinted in 1749). London music publisher John Johnson later printed it in his Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, Vol., 3 (1744, p. 17). "Take My Bitt" is one of several double entendre titles in the book in which the sexual meaning is barely disguised by the allusion to horse-riding (see also "Slip it in easy").



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