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Song Of The Sea

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SONG OF THE SEA (S4x32) 4C set John Drewry Autumn Collection 86

1- 8 1s and 3s set and turn 2H, dance down between 2s/4s and cast back to places
9-16 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance double Fig of 8 (1s and 3s cross down to start) and all end in middle 1s facing down as others face up
17-24 All set 3 times with 1s passing down 1 place each setting (out to right, in to left as couples pass) and all turn 2H to end 2341 with 2s and 4s facing down
25-32 2s+3s also 4s+1s circle 4H round and end in one line up/down middle facing partner (Men face down), all set and petronella turn to own sides

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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This dance, Song Of The Sea, shares it's name with The Song Of The Sea - Poem, which appears in the Book of Exodus of the Hebrew Bible, at Exodus 15:1-18.

The Song of the Sea was reputedly sung by the Israelites after their crossing the Red Sea in safety, and celebrates the destruction of the Egyptian army during the crossing, and looks forward to the future conquest of Canaan.

We do not know whether John Drewry had this poem in mind while devising this dance.

1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
I will sing to the Lord,
    for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
    he has hurled into the sea.

The Song Of The Sea Poem - Information Video

Song Of The Sea
Text Of The Song Of The Sea From A Sefer Torah

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