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Thread #127507   Message #2845557
Posted By: Artful Codger
21-Feb-10 - 12:36 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Sussex Drinking Song (Hilaire Belloc)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Sussex Drinking Song
"Sussex Drinking Song," originally titled simply "Drinking Song" was published in Belloc's The Four Men: A Farrago (1912), pp. 86-7; online/downloadable copies at Internet Archive.

The original words differ from what has been presented above. For instance, the poem begins:
"On Sussex hills where I was bred,
When lanes in autumn rains are red, ...

In the book you will also find Belloc's own score for a melody.
An ABC transcription:

T:Drinking Song
C:Hilaire Belloc
c|F2F F2G|A2A A2F|A2G A2B|c2c c2c|d2d f2d|1 c2A F2G|Acc (cB)A|G3 z3 :|
|2 c2A F2A|GGF F2G|F2G A2F|G2A B2G|A2B Hc2A| GFF F2F|F3 F3|]

To play or display ABC tunes, try

At Google Books, the poem is included in the miscellany A Tankard of Ale (1920).

There has been at least one previous thread discussing both this song and Belloc's "West Sussex Drinking Song".