The Merry, Merry Milke Maids
for a line of four numbered couples.
Reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr.
Music:
Part 1
Verse 1, Part A
1: Lead up a double.
2: Fall back a double.
3&4: Face your partner, set and turn (left).
Verse 1, Part B
1: Lead up a double.
2: Fall back a double.
3&4: Face your partner, set and turn (right).
Chorus 1, Part A
1: First couple doubles toward each other while third couple does the same.
2: First and third couple partners take hands and the two couples slip towards each other and meet more or less in the middle of the set (the other couples getting discreetly out of the way.
3-6: First and third couples take right hands across and circle all the way around twice, finally doubling back to your places when the chorus is finished.
Chorus 1, Part B
1: Second couple doubles toward each other while the fourth couple does the same.
2: Second and fourth couple partners take hands and the two couples slip toward each other and meet more or less in the middle of the set (the other couples getting discreetly out of the way).
3-6: Second and fourth couples take right hands across and circle all the way around twice, finally doubling back to your places when the chorus is finished.
Part 2
Verse 2, Part A
1&2: Side left with your partner.
3&4: Set and turn (left).
Verse 2, Part B
1&2: Side right with your partner.
3&4: Set and turn (right).
Chorus 2, Part A
1&2: First man cast off and lead the other men down the line until the men are inverted.
2&3: First woman cast off and lead the other women down the line until the women are inverted.
5&6: Set and turn (left).
Chorus 2, Part B
1&2: First man cast off and lead the other men up the line until the men are back in place.
3&4: First woman cast off and lead the other women up the line until the women are back in place.
5&6: Set and turn (right).
Part 3
Verse 3, Part A
1&2: Arm left with your partner.
3&4: Set and turn (left).
Verse 3, Part B
1&2: Arm right with your partner.
3&4: Set and turn (right).
Chorus 3, Part A
1: Men go back a double.
2-6: Men hey.
Chorus 3, Part B
1: Women go back a double.
2-6: Women hey.