PARSON’S FAREWELL

For four; in three parts (1st Ed., 1650).

MUSICMOVEMENTS



First Part.
A1–2Couples advance a double and meet (w.s.).
3–4First man and first woman move sideways four slips up; while second man and second woman move sideways four slips down.
5–6All fall back a double (w.s.).
7–8First man and first woman move sideways four slips down; while second man and second woman move sideways four slips up.
B11–2The two men rise on the first beat of the bar (i.e., standing with feet parallel and close together, they rise on the toes of both feet, and then lower the heels to the ground). The two women rise on the first beat of the second bar.
3–4All rise four times, on the first and middle beats of each bar.
5–8First man turns second woman; while second man turns first woman.
B21–2The two women rise on the first beat of the first bar. The two men rise on the first beat of the second bar.
3–8The same as in B1.



Second Part.
A1–2Couples move forward a double and meet (w.s.).
3–4First man leads second woman up a double; while second man leads first woman down a double (r.s.).
5–6All four turn round, face in the opposite direction, and change hands. First man then leads second woman down a double; while the second man leads first woman up a double (r.s.).
7–8All release hands and partners fall back to places, holding right hands.
B11The two men meet (sk.s.), and take right hands.
2Releasing right hands, they clasp left hands.
3–4First man passes second man by the left, turns second woman with his right hand and moves into second man's place; while second man turns first woman with his right hand and moves into first man's place (sk.s.).
5–6The two men meet again, clasp right, and then left hands.
7–8Passing each other, by the left, first man turns his partner with his right hand and returns to his place; while second man does the same (sk.s.).
B21The two women meet (sk.s.), and take left hands.
2They release left and join right hands.
3–4First woman, passing second woman by the right, turns second man with her left hand and moves into second woman's place; while second woman turns first man with her left hand and moves into first woman's place (sk.s.).
5–6The two women meet (sk.s.), clasp left hands and then right.
7–8Passing each other, by the right, each woman turns her partner with her left hand and moves into her place (sk.s.).



Third Part.
A1–2The two men face their partners, take them by both hands, move sideways four slips toward each other, and meet.
3–4First man faces second woman, takes her by both hands and moves sideways four slips up; while second man faces first woman, takes her by both hands and moves four slips down.
5–6The same couples move sideways four slips towards each other and meet.
7–8First man takes his partner by the right hand and falls back to his place; while seond man does the same with his partner (w.s.).
B11–2First man turns his partner with his right hand; while second man does the same with his partner (sk.s.).
3–4The two men cross over and change places (sk.s.).
5–8Partners face, and all dance the circular-hey (two changes) (Fig.10, p.49) (sk.s.); whereupon each man turns his partner half-way round and changes places with her.
B21–2First and second men turn their partners with the left hands.
3–4The two women cross over and change places passing by the left (sk.s.).
5–8Partners face, and all dance the circular-hey (two changes) (sk.s.); whereupon each man turns his partner half-way round and changes places with her.

[Note that this is essentially:

Introduction, with zero hands; figure led by men, figure led by women.
Introduction, with one hand; figure led by men, figure led by women.
Introduction, with two hands; figure led by men, figure led by women.
The second figure is simply an open men’s chain, followed by an open women’s chain.
The third figure is basically right hand turn your partner, with the men crossing (wide, right), on the end of that phrase of music; then three changes of a hey, with a cheating half-turn on the last change. This leaves the set rotated for the figure-led-by-women: left turn your partner, women crossing wide on the end; followed by three changes home.

The Round decrees that the four rises in Part 1 are nods to corner, other person of the same sex, partner and corner — this way people are nodding back to you, and you are left facing the corner you are about to turn.
The Round generally interprets the kerfuffle on the chains as offerring the wrong hand in an attempt to persuade the other dancer to fall for it, and then switching to the correct one at the last moment (except if there is a risk of him falling for the dummy we just do a men’s chan/women’s chain). In EFDSS circles people tend to give the correct hand, but attempt to slap the other dancer’s face clap hands in passing with the spare hand.]

Page transcribed by Hugh Stewart