Hit and Miss

Source: Playford For foure 1651, 1652, 1670, 1675, 1686, 1690, 1695, 1698, 1701, 1703, 1706, 1709, 1713, 1716, 1721, 1728 (full text)
Recommended Recorded Music:
On Viaggi (Musica Subterranea)

Note: This is often danced to the song “Daphne” which has only 3 dance measures instead of four for the hey and requires dancers to move more quickly through the figure.


(AA) Verse 1:
–Double up & back toward opposite twice

–(B) Lead your partner inward, then opposite to the head/foot of the hall
–(B) Lead back again, fall back with your partner
–(CC) Hey for four –men pass by the right shoulder to start

(AA) Verse 2:
— Siding with your partner

(BBCC) Chorus

(AA) Verse 3:
— Arming with your partner

(BBCC) Chorus

Full Text of Original

“Meet all a D. back againe . That againe : Meet all againe, leade each others woman a D. to the left hand . Change hands, meet againe, take your owne We. and to your places : The single Hey all foure : Sides all . That againe : As before : As before : Armes all . That againe : As before : As before :”

Playford 1651