|In case of dance emergency, pull cord.|
Cesare Negri, Nuove inventioni di balli, 1604
"You must always be garbed to perfection and your codpiece must be well tied. We sometimes see codpieces slip to the ground during the basse dance so you must tie them well."
Antonius Arena, Leges dansandi (1530)
Oh, that anxiety dream: you're getting your basse dance on with a shapely demoiselle when suddenly you realize that the codpiece on the floor is yours! Don't let it happen to you.