Oranges and Lemons ~ Hume

Oranges and Limons ~ Hume

Oranges and Lemons ~ Hume Oranges and Lemons ~ Sharp

Oranges and Lemons ~ Hume or Oranges and Limons ~ Hume is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2020 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.

Playford writes:
Meet all and fall back, that again Men honour all to your own we. then honour to the contrary, men meet in, & take hands and go half round and fall into your co. places Then we. honour to your left hand, and the to your right, we. meet in & take hands and go half round & fall into your co. places you your men do all this back again till you come all into your own places.
Sides all with your own That again Men and we. give right hands to your own, and then left, change places with your own then change with the next And then give right hands to the next, and then left, then change places, and then change with the next, and meet your own Do this back again till you come into your places.
Arms all with your own That again The first and second cu. and the third and last cu. honour to each other, then honour to your own, the first and second cu. take hands and go half round, and the third and last cu. take hands and go half round Then the first and last cu. honour, and the second and third cu. honour each other, and then honour to your own, the first and last cu. take hands and go half round, and second and third cu. take hands and go half round all at one time Do this back again till you come into your own places.

This differs from Sharp's interpretation in that in I.B2 the circles are both half left instead of half right, and in II.B Hume suggests releasing hands with a flourish (a detail my animations cannot show).

The tune was published with the dance.

The animation plays at 93 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, set, circle, hey, rights and lefts, siding, arming (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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