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 Theme code Index    5555 3114
 Also known as    Merry Wassail, Merry Frolic
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4, 2/4
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    John Playford
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:The English Country Dancing Master
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 55
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1651
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
 Score   (1)   

X: 1 T:The Health T:The Merry Wasel M:C| L:1/8 Q:180 H:Chappell cites a song which certainly fits the title. Probably H:originally from a play, it has a number of specific personal H:references. The reference to Wickham may be a seafaring one, as that H:village is very near Portsmouth, a major port, particularly for H:military operations. W:Come, faith, since I'm parting W:W:And that God knows when W:W:The W:walls of sweet Wickham I shall see again W:W:Let's e'en have a frolic, W:and drink like tall men W:W:Till heads with healths go round W:W:Till W:heads with healths go round F: K:G B/2c/2|dd d>c|B G2 c/2d/2|ee B>c|d3 A/2B/2|cc BA|B2AG|AB A>G|G3||

X:1 T:Health [1], The T:Merry Wassail, The M:2/2 L:1/8 S:Sharp - Country Dance Tunes (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G |: (Bc | d2) d2 (d3c | B2 G4) (cd | e2) (e2 B3c | d6) (AB | c2) (c2B2A2 | B4 A2) (G2 | A2B2A3G) | G6 :||


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