Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Gie Us the Gift

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

Gie Us The Gift
Maggie and Duncan Keppie   Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 2: Let's dance
4x32 bar strathspey
4-couple dance in longways set

  1-8   ENDS SET, CROSS, CAST AND SET TO CORNER; 1st and 4th couples set to partner, cross over with right hands, cast to center ending back-to-back facing a corner (2nd and 3rd couples step up and down, respectively), and all set to corner;

  9-20 ROTATING INTERLOCKING REEL OF 4 (12 BARS): All dance partial reels of 4 through the center of the set (Bar 9: pass corner by the right shoulder; Bars 10-11: corners dance ¾ left hands across AS 1st and 4th couples dance ¼ round the periphery of the set; Bar 12: pass corner by the right shoulder; Bars 13-14: 1st and 4th couples dance ¾ left hands across AS corners dance ¼ around the periphery of the set; REPEAT Bars 9-14 (all end as at the end of Bar 8);

21-24 1ST AND 4TH DANCE CLOCKWISE ROUND CORNER: 1st and 4th couples dance around corner passing them by the right shoulder;

25-32 1ST AND 4TH 1½ LEFT HAND WHEEL AND CROSS: 1st and 4th dance four hands across with left hands 1½ times around, then cross over with partner using left hands (ending order is 2nd 4th 1st 3rd).

Repeat 3 times.

(Dance Crib compiled by the devisers, Maggie and Duncan Keppie)

Dance Information

The title of this dance, Gie Us The Gift, comes from the last verse of To A Louse - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1786.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!

Gie Us The Gift Painting Image
Inscription Of The Temple Of Delphi
"Know Yourself, Youth Between Vice And Vertu" Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), Oil On Canvas, c. 1613 - 1678

Image Copyright Attributed to Jacob Jordaens [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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