22: Roses White, and Roses red
for as many as you will, a round dance
mms pages 44 to 46
Playford version: from 1st edition to 8th edition.
Music: Rosa Mundi, by June Tabor, in a medley with Dargason, including vocals that lead to an incorrect musical structure
Intro figure
1: Everyone [take hands around ("lead") and] go into the center [a double]
2: [Fall back a double]
3-4: Take both hands with your partner and turn them all the way around
Figure 1
1: The lead couple take inside hands and walk [a double] toward the "next man" (interpreted as the man to the right of woman 1)
2: This man will go under couple 1's arms [a double] as couple 1 arcs into the center of the circle a little
Note: the general path will be that the approaching couple will move along the outer circle to come close to each person they dance with, and as the three pass, they arc into the middle to leave room for them to do the next bit
3-4: Couple 1 turns in place (with the man "putting his hand behind her backe" - so, they're turning shoulder to shoulder facing the same way? Or a waltz turn?)
Figure 1, continued
1: Couple 1 will walk toward the next woman (the partner of the man they just danced with) while holding inside hands normally again
2: That woman goes under their arms as the three of them pass each other and couple 1 arcs into the center (see above)
3-4: This time, both couple 1 and the two people they've danced with so far do the turning thing
And so on:
The progression continues, with couple 2 (already danced with) joining the progression when they have someone to dance with, and the danced-with couples joining the turn once they have no one turning dancing with them
Note: it ends when everyone is back where they started
Figure 2
1: Couple 1 leads toward the "next" man (man 2, the man on woman 1's right)
2-4: The three of these take hands and turn, and by the end of the music, man 2 should be "above" the other two (i.e. man 2 is in his place, and couple 1 is more in the middle of the circle)
Figure 2, continued
1: Couple 1 leads toward that man's woman (woman 2)
2-4: These three take hands and turn until the music is done and woman 2 is "above" the other two
And so on:
The progression continues as before, one by one around the circle, the next couple joining in when they have someone to dance with, ending when everyone is back in their original place
Figure 3
1: Couple 1 leads toward the same man as the other two times (man 2 )
2-4: Couple 1 and man 2 hey, with woman 1 "leading" - going between the two men first. At the end, couple 1 may do a little spin to get into position for the next part
Figure 3, continued
1: Couple 1 leads toward woman 2
2-4: Couple 1 and woman 2 hey as before
And so on:
The progression continues as before, one by one around the circle, the next couple joining in when they have someone to dance with, ending when everyone is back in their original place
Comparison to the Playford version (1st to 8th editions)
These two dances are very similar, with this one being a more primitive version of the Playford version. Playford's Rose is White has all three verses preceeding the figures we find here, with further additions of setting and turning, and some additional movements not found here.
Also, the figures come in a different order, though the same things eventually all happen. Because of these two changes, the music couldn't be used without change between the two versions, but it should still work, since the 16 beat musical phrase works as the basis for both.