Cecil Sharp MSS, Folk Tunes p.2323. Note by Cecil Sharp 'Dance of the man who accompanied the Morris dancers at Ruardean (Forest of Dean) for whom Allen played down to about 1871-2. He held the swords in his hands and manipulated them as he danced. It was very difficult. He did not place swords on the ground and dance over them'
Cecil Sharp MSS, Folk Tunes p.2324. Notes by Cecil Sharp 'This was always the opening air "to call 'em together". He also called it "a march"' and 'The Morris dancers [numbered?] 6 or 8 - he could not remember. They were accompanied by a fool or "merriman" a flag bearer and a sword bearer. The flag bearer "cut" the flag'