Bashful Swain (The)
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g2c2c2e2 | f2d2d2 (d/e/f) | e2A2A2FG | AGAB AGFG | AGAB A2f2 | e2d2e2 (d^c) | d6 :|
BASHFUL SWAIN, THE. English, Country Dance (2/2 or cut time). D Minor. Standard tuning. AABB. The melody was first published in Playford's Dancing Master (3rd vol.) of 1728, the series then being published in London by John Young.
The tune is a composition of German-born John Galliard, who moved to England early in life and remained there. The original title is "The Bashful Lover", an d verses were set by Theobald, appearing in Watt's Musical Miscellany (London, 1729), in the Perth Musical Miscellany, (1786), and in Calliope (1788). The original verses were somewhat licenstious, and were recast by Robert Burns for the Scots Musical Museun (1790, No. 22), under the title "On a band of flowers in a summer day."
Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1989. Kidson (Old English Country Dances), 1890; pg. 5. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pg. 17.