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The Cheaters Cheated
Royal Arbor of Loyal Poesie, 1664
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'The English Stage Jig' (CDA67754)
The English Stage Jig
Part 01: The Friar and the Nun  Good morrow fellow Filcher (Nim/Filcher)
Part 02: Upon a Summers Day Kemp's Jig  Our Taunton den is a dungeon (Wat)
Part 03: The Friar and the Nun  The rainbow never knew (Filcher/Nim/Wat)
Part 04: Jack a Lent  Quick let us share (Filcher/Nim)
Part 05: The Carman's Whistle  Soldiers fight and Hectors rant on (Moll Medlar)
Part 06: Stingo Half Hanekin  I can dance and I can sing (Moll Medlar/Wat)
Part 07: The Gelding of the Devil  Oh wo, wo, wo, what zhall chee do? (Wat/Baby)
Part 08: Argeers  We shall ne're have lucky minuit (Filcher/Nim)
Part 09: Cavalilly Man  Now farawel Lungeon, iche may zing (Wat/Filcher/Nim/Moll Medlar/Baby)
Part 10: Upon a Summers Day  Ch'ave overcome my voes (Wat/Company)

The Cheaters Cheated
This Jig, by London’s leading pageant poet Thomas Jordan (c1614–1685), is printed in his Royal Arbor of Loyal Poesie (1664) and was given at London’s Mansion House to ‘the Sheriffs of London’. We don’t know the date of performance but it probably did not long precede the date of publication since Jordan’s activities for the city (as Poet Laureate) began with the fall of the Commonwealth. Wat’s words are printed in a comic West Country accent: ‘z’ instead of ‘s’, ‘v’ for ‘f’, ‘ch’ for ‘I’ etc. No tune titles are given.

Nim and Filcher, thieves
Wat, a country bumpkin
Moll Medlar, a whore

Nim and Filch complain about hard times and are delighted to come across Wat, newly arrived in town. Distracting him with a glass prism, they pick his pockets but find nothing of value (he has wisely sewn his cash inside his shirt). Moll flirts with Wat and while they dance she tricks him into taking her basket and then disappears. Shocked to find it contains a baby, and keen to palm it off on the thieves, Wat puts the baby into a trunk and, knowing the thieves are listening, boasts it contains fine clothes. As he anticipates, the thieves pounce and steal the trunk. They fight over it, the baby is revealed and Moll declares Filch is the father. All three vow to turn over a new leaf. Wat has indeed cheated the cheaters.

from notes by Lucie Skeaping 2009

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