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Trip the Light Fantastic

Posted by Bruce Kahl on February 27, 2000

In Reply to: Derivation, origination posted by Mike on February 27, 2000

: What is the origin and/or derivation of the expression
: "Come Trip the Light Fantastic " as it applies to dancing.

Take your pick of the following:

by John Milton, 1645

And love to live in dimple sleek;
Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides.
Come, and trip it as you go
On the light fantastic toe;
And in thy right hand lead with thee
The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty;

"Sidewalks of New York"

Boys and girls together,
Me and Mamie O'Rourke,
Tripped the light fantastic,
On the sidewalks of New York.