Nine ladies dancing

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In the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,

Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking

Seven swans a-swimming

Six geese a-laying

Five gold rings,

Four calling birds, three French hens

Two turtledoves and a partridge in a pear tree

A traditional part of any Shakespearean stage production was the jig at the end – as Benedick says “Let’s have a dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our own hearts and our wives’ heels.”

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