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“For vice entered not as a morris-dance, pleasing and delightful to the Divinity; nor was it brought in amongst the affairs of men, to cause mirth and laughter by its raillery and facetiousness, since there is not to be seen in it so much as a dream of that celebrated agreement with Nature.”
“Now of the fancy and fashion of this we should not complain -- quite the contrary -- in a professed novel: there is a theatre in which it would be exquisitely appropriate and attractive; but the Temple of History is not the floor for a morris-dance -- the Muse Clio is not to be worshipped in the halls of Terpsichore.”
“Some had pipes and some had lutes and some had tambourines, and all were singing as loud as they could and making as much noise as they might, and when they came into the open space hard by the fountain they paused for a while in their progress, and broke into as lively a morris-dance as ever I had seen skipped.”
“So ends the month of sunshine and of shower; but the rustic youths are making ready for the morris-dance, and the merry milk-maids are preparing their ribbons to adorn themselves for the revels of May”
“Below, upon the lawn, there was a little spectacle going on for our entertainment -- a morris-dance, simply and gracefully performed by young people dressed in quaintly fashioned frocks of calico; there was good music too -- one or two instruments, to which they danced.”
“Madrigals to Four Voices," 1594, there is a lively description of the morris-dance: --”
“= Piper = (_Tom_), one of the characters in a morris-dance.”
“A representation of a morris-dance may still be seen at Betley, in”
“BAVIAN FOOL (_The_), one of the characters in the old morris-dance.”
“They drew up before the house and danced their morris-dance for us.”
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