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16 11. "My sleeves are like some Morris dancing fellow" (Rowanld's Knave of Hearts. Quoted in Singer's Hist. [History] Playing Cards p256)
15 11. For 4 [?] and 1/4 of [yarn] for the morris garments 2s 11d [two shillings and eleven pence] (Church Warden's accounts. Academy 1883. 6 Oct. 231-2)
All's Well Act 2 scene 2 Clown. " as fit.....as a pancake for Shrove Tuesday, a morris for May Day"
Heny v Act 2 Scene 4 Dauphin "Let us do it with no more show of fear. No, with no more than if we heard that England were busied with a Whitsun Morris-dance"
Beaument & Fletcher. Wild Goose Chase. Act 3 Sc 1
Lilia Bianca "We'll have some sport. Some mad morris or other for our money"
"The torchbearers were apparelled in crimson saltire and grene, like [moreshoes?], their faces blacke; and the king [haylet] in a mummerie"
(Holinshed Chron. [chronicle] Vol3, p805, col 1 1577-87 3rd ed.)
"Were made morishes, comedies, daunces, interludes"
(Helyas. Thom's Early Eng. Prose Romances 3 31 ed. 1858)
"Four reapers who danced a morice"
(Budgell. Spectator no. 425. p3)
"Let us daunce a morasse this christmasse"
(Palsgrave. Eclaircissement de la langue Anglaise p 507 ed 1852)
1589 "All the rucked youth - parting the morris about a maypole"
(Rick Harvey (Thas Nash?) Plaine Percevale p8)
1600 Philemon Holland translates "tripudium" in Livy Bk. 25, 17, p 560 as by "Morice"
1565-73 "Cherionomica saltato. The moricen daunce. Cherionomus. He [?] teacheth on to gesture, or one that daunceth with gesture in a morrise"
(T. [Thomas] Cooper. Thesaurus v Thos. [Thomas] Elyot's [Ricksway] 4 A 328)
1458 "Ciphas agents' sculptors curse moreys daunce"
(Will of Wetenhale, Somerset House)
1575 " A lively moris dance, according to the ancient manner, six dauncers, Mawdmarion [Maid Marion], and the fool
(Laneham's letterBallad Soc. ed. p22)
1598-9 "I came to the Court (of Maroca) to see a morris dance, and a play of his Elchies"
(R. [Richard] Hakluyt Voyages, Vol 2, Part 2, p6. H. 8. 1516. act.
1601 "A commn thing it was away there to fling weapons and darts in the air... to flourish also beforehand; yea and to encounter and meet together in a fight like sword [duels]; and to make good sport in a kinde of morishe dance"
(Ph. [Philemon] Holland Trans. of Pliny Nat Hist. I 192. ed 1634]
" The tabor & the pipe
The bagpipe & and the crowde
When oates and rye were ripe
Began to be allowde.
But till the harvest all was in
The Morris Dance did not begin"
(Friar Bacon's Propherie p11 ed 1844, Shakeshpeare Soc [Society]
1621 They have so danced & gingled here. They should be morris dancers by their jingle but they have no napkins"
(Ben Jonson Gipsies Metamorphosed. Wks 1846 p623)
This is the end of Mr. Manning's notes. Mr Manning induced the Headington men to begin their dancing again in 1899 after a lapse, owing to loss of their fiddler. He did nothin but supply money etc for dresses. In the original side he revivied there were four old dancers performing, Kimber & Howard were the chief people he employed.