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Religio Medici

-- The following dance reference is taken from Part Two, section XI of Thomas Browne's Religio Medici, here quoted from, and linked to the online Renascence Editions text. (link to full text.) The gloss for "galliardise" (footnote 99 in this edition) reads, "Merriment. Johnson says that this is the only place where the word is found."

-- I would like to thank James Armstrong for bringing this passage to my attention. -- E. F. Winerock

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I am no way facetious, nor disposed for the mirth and galliardise of company; yet in one dream I can compose a whole comedy, behold the action, apprehend the jests, and laugh myself awake at the conceits thereof.

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