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X:100 T:Merrily Dance the Quaker M:6/8 L:1/8 S:Bremner's Coll. of Scots Reels or Country Dances 1760 K:G GAB D2 B|A2 G "tr"E2 D|GAB D2 D|E3 F3:|| dcB edc|dcB ABc|dcB efg|"tr"B3 d3| dcB gfe|dcB A2 A|GAB D2 D|E3 G3|| % % For over a century the name "Merrily Kissed the Quaker" has been % associated with a tune or Special Dance in Ireland, but no song or % verse relating thereto has been traced. In "O'Farrell's Pocket % Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes 1804-10", we find the tune % with name annotated "New Sett Irish". Continuing the investigation % we discover that "Merrily Dance the Quaker" (probably the original % tune) was printed in No. 7 of "Bremer's Collections of Scots Reels, % or Country Dances" issued in 1760. The traditional version in North % Kerry taken from the Rice-Wlash manuscript serves to illustrate how % far a tune may deviate from the original in a few generations.