The Constant Lover ~ Cook

The Faithful Swain ~ Cook

The Constant Lover ~ Cook The Constant Lover ~ Bolton

The Constant Lover ~ Cook or The Faithful Swain ~ Cook is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1710 and published in Walsh's Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1710, London. It was interpreted by Tom Cook in about 1995 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 7. It is an improper duple minor longways dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Ken Sheffield has renamed this dance from The Constant Lover to The Faithful Swain, I do not know what Tom Cook called it. There is a dance called The Faithful Swain in Rutherford, 1759, but this is not it.

As is often the case I do not have a copy of Walsh/Kynaston's publication and am using text from Playford which came out the same year.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be Play'd twice over.

The first Man and second Woman go the whole Figure thro' the first Woman and second Man Then first and 2d Men cross over with their Partners, and change Sides, and change Places with your Partners Then first Man falls betwen the third Cu. and the first Woman falls between the second Cu. then each take Hands and go quite round Then the first Man go up the middle to his Partner, then lead up a-breast with the second Cu. and cast off :

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), circle, cast, lead, figure eight, rights and lefts (and probably others).

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