A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

With Some Introductory Chapters On Old Ballads And Ballad Makers - online book.

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6                A CENTURY OF BALLADS
"This dance is begun by a single person (either man or woman), who taking a cushion in hand, dances about the room, and at the end of the tune stops and sings, ' This dance it will no further go.' The musician answers, 'I pray you, good sir, why say you so ? ' Man : ' Because Joan Sanderson will not come too.' Musician: 'She must come too, and she shall come too, and she must come whether she will or no.' Then the man lays down the cushion before the woman, on which she kneels, and he kisses her, singing, ' Welcome, Joan Sanderson, welcome, welcome.' Then she rises, takes up the cushion, and both dance, singing, ' Prinkum-prankum is a fine dance, and shall we go dance it once again, once again, and once again, and shall we go dance it once again?' Then, making a stop, the woman sings as before, ' This dance it will no further go.' Musician: ' I pray you, madam, why say you so ? ' Woman: ' Because John Sanderson will not come too.' Musician: 'He must come too, and he shall come too, and he must come whether he will or no.' And so she lays down the cushion before a man, who, kneel­ing upon it, salutes her, she singing, ' Welcome, John Sanderson, welcome, welcome.' Then he taking up the cushion, they take hands, and dance round singing as before. And thus they do till the whole company are taken into the
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