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Thread #14870   Message #1801927
Posted By: GUEST,Joe_F
04-Aug-06 - 10:04 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Threescore and Ten
Subject: RE: Origins: Threescore and Ten
Don Duncan, in the FSSGB Auxiliary Songbook, quotes "John Conolly, of Grimsby", as saying:

In the 1880s, a series of great gales wrecked hundreds of fishing boats along the East coast of Britain, and many men were lost. William Delf was a grimsby fisherman who tried to help the widows and orphans by writing poems about these disasters and selling copies of them, the proceeds going to the dependents of the men lost at sea. The "Threescore and Ten" poem was one of his better efforts, but nobody seems to know how it acquired a chorus.

--- Joe Fineman

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