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Thread #86816   Message #1754366
Posted By: Bunnahabhain
06-Jun-06 - 03:52 PM
Thread Name: An 'Oranges & Lemons' flyting?
Subject: RE: An 'Oranges & Lemons' flyting?
Barry, you might want to know where we started from....

Gay go up and gay go down,
To ring the bells of London Town.

Oranges and lemons
Say the bells of St. Clements
I'll give you five farthings
Say the bells of St. Martin's
When will you pay me
Say the bells of Old Bailey
When I grow rich
Say the bells of Shoreditch
When will that be
Say the bells of Stepney
I do not know
Says the great bell of Bow.

The first two lines are traditional, but often ommited now. They were once well known. See, for example, Kiplings poem, The Bells and Queen Victoria.

http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/bells_and_queen.html