Fain I Would ~ Hume or Parthenia ~ Hume is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in about 0 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a Square dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: G minor. Someone thought this dance was Intermediate / Hard.
The 1. and 3. cu. meet, the 2. and 4. falling back, the 1. and 3. cu. fall back four abreast, the 2. man and 4. wo. with the 1. cu. the 4. man and 2. wo. with the 3. the 1. man and 3. wo. the 3. man and 1. wo.
Lead all out, lead all in again, 1. man and 4. wo. the 1. wo. and 2. man change places by both hands, the other doing the like, then the 1. man 1. wo. and 2. and 4. wo. change by both hands, the other 4 doing the like then each man hands with the wo. on his left hand, lead out and in as before, changing places, back as before Arms and fall into the 4 and 2. places, whilest the 2. man and 4. wo. the 4. man and 2. wo. arms behind and fall into the 1. and 2. places The other as much As in Oxford.
Sides and change places as before Sides again and change places back again The 1. and 3. cu. cast off, and come into your places all again, the 4. wo. following the 1. man, the 2. man the 1. co.. the 2. wo. the 3 man, the 4. man the 3. wo. the uppermost and lowermost 4 hands round to your places The 2. and 4. cu. cast off, and the other follow to your places four and four of each side, hands round to your places. Arms and change as you sided That again to your places The 1. and 3. cu. meet, turn back to back, the other four hands about them, and go round to the right and fall into each others places, the 2. and 4. wo. into the 1. place, the 4. man and 2. wo. into the 3. place, the 1. man and 3. wo. to the 4. place, the 3. man and 1. wo. to the 2. place Other four as much
(The typography is odd, but I think the text in the right table cell at top is intended to flow into the right cell underneath it.
This dance, along with Dull Sir John and Hide Park, is described by Playford in 1651 as "A Square Dance for eight". On the other hand Newcastle , Mage on a Cree, If All the World Were Paper, etc. are described as "Round for eight".
Hume simplifies Sharp's language (A change I have ignored because I like to think I had already simplified it), but he also omits the back circle in III.B (having the heads stand still while the sides circle around them, rather than having everyone circle). When I read the original Playford words "The 1. and 3. Cu. meet, turn back to back, the other foure hands about them, and go round to the right", I interpret them the way Hume does — though after looking at Sharp I can see that the phrase could be interpreted his way.
The tune, Fain I Would, was published by Playford with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album At Home. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.
The animation plays at 94 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast, lead, siding, arming, back to back (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. I do not have a date for the interpretation, so it may be under copyright. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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