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THE ESPERANCE MORRIS BOOK.
APPENDIX III.
SPECIMEN PROGRAMME OF FOLK SONGS, MORRIS DANCES AND CHILDREN'S SINGING GAMES.
PART I.
Morris Dance " Morris On"                              ...                       . THE ENTIRE COMPANY
"MORRIS ON" The tune of " The Girl I left behind me " is the traditional air to the accompaniment of which the Morris Dancers of Berkshire always used to make their entrance.
Morris Dance    "Constant Billy".....                                                - - BOYS
Game                " When I was a School Girl" -                                                                - CHILDREN
Song                 " Little Sir William" -                                                                                        - GIRLS
Morris Dance    " Sally Luker" -                                                                                ... GIRLS
Game - " Old Roger is Dead"- -               ........CHILDREN
This is an illustration of the ancient belief that the souls of the dead entered into a tree or some other object.
Morris Dance "Country Gardens" -............
Game - " London Bridge" -               .........CHILDREN
This game is universally acknowledged to be a very ancient one. Knowing the importance of holding bridges in early days it is not surprising that the fall and rebuilding of so important a one should become the subject of a game. The widespread and barbarous rite of the foundation sacrifice may be shown here.
Song -       " The Barkshire Tragedy " - - -                                        .... GIRLS
Morris Dance    " The Maid o' the Mill " -                                                                        -
Game                "Here we come up the Green Grass'                                                        - CHILDREN
Song                  "The Proposal"-                                                                                        - - GIRLS
Morris Jig         " Jockey to the Fair"                                                                                - FOUR GIRLS
Song                 "The Lavender Cry"- -               ... . . GIRLS
Interval of Fifteen Minutes.
PART II.
Morris Dance    "Shepherds Hay".....               .... GIRLS AND BOYS
Game        -       "Here come three Dukes a-riding" ....               ... CHILDREN
Song         -       "A Wassail".....                       -                       ... GIRLS
Morris Dance    " Princes Royal "...........               - GIRLS
Game        -        " Looby Loo" ....               ...                               . CHILDREN
Song         -       "Twenty, Eighteen"............GIRLS
Morris Dance    "Rigs o" Marlow"..........GIRLS AND BOYS
Game -       " Wigamy, Wigamy Water Hen "........CHILDREN
Morris Dance    " Pop Goes the Weasel" - -               - -               .....GIRLS
Song         -       " My Lady Greensleeves "........CHILDREN AND BOYS
Morris Dance    " A-Nutting we will go" - -               ........GIRLS
Morris Dance "Morris Off".........THE ENTIRE COMPANY
" MORRIS OFF "
It is interesting to note the difference between this tune and the other Morris tunes. The dancers are now supposed to be somewhat weary after the day's revel. There is in this dance a suggestion of pleasant fatigue and a home going through the lanes and meadows to the cottage, to supper and to bed.
GOD SAVE THE KING.
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