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the Fox, Hay, Put on Your Smock a' Monday, and Sellinger's Round.

It is hardly necessary to do more than to enumerate the most characteristic dances of the time. Antic was generally applied to any kind of grotesque dancing, made so either by boisterous behaviour or monstrous masquerade. The brawl was a wild sort of dance that seems, from the following couplet, to have been a rough imitation of a battle:

"'Tis a French brawl, an apish imitation
Of what you really perform in battle."[1]

A special form of this dance, called the French brawl, is thus alluded to in Good Fellows, a ballad published in 1569:

"Good fellows must go learn to dance
The brydeal is full near-a;
There is a brail come out of France,
The fyrst ye heard this year-a."

Marston's Malcontent gives the following description of Bianca's brawl, a quotation not inserted wholly on account of its lucidity: "Why, 'tis but two singles on the left, two on the right, three doubles forward, a traverse of six round: do this twice, three singles side, galliard trick of twenty, curranto pace; a figure of eight, three