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Thread #30065   Message #3086703
Posted By: GUEST,muzza
01-Feb-11 - 01:19 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bellringing
In case anybody wants the words to "The Bellringers."


1) One day in October, neither drunken nor sober,
O'er Broadbury Down I was wending my way,
When I heard there some ringing, some dancing and singing.
I ought to remember that Jubilee day.

CHORUS: 'Twas in Ashwater Town, the bells they did sound,
They rang for a belt and a hat laced with gold,
But the men of North Lew rang so steady and true,
That there never were better in Devon I hold.

2) 'Twas misunderstood, for the men of Broadwood,
Gave a blow on the tenor should never have been.
But the men of North Lew rang so faultlessly true,
A difficult matter to beat them I ween.

3) They of Broadwood being sporty, then said to our party,
We'll ring you a challenge again in a round.
We'll give you the chance at St Stephen's or Launceston, (say Lawnston)
The prize to the winners being a note of five pound.

4) When the match it came on, at good Callington.
The bells they rang out o'er the valleys below.
Then the old and young people, the hale and the feeble.
They came out to hear the sweet bell music flow.

CHORUS: 'Twas in Callington Town, the bells they did sound,...

5) Those of Broadwood once more, were obliged to give o'er.
They were beaten completely and done in a round.
For the men of North Lew pulled so steady and true
That no better than they in the West could be found.

CHORUS: 'Twas in Ashwater Town then at Callington Town,

Collected by The Rev Sabine Baring-Gould, the Squire and Parson of nearby Lewtrenchard from William George Kerswell of Two Bridges, Dartmoor and also from James Down, a blacksmith, of nearby Broadwoodwidger. It is published in his book "Songs of the West"
It is probable that the Jubilee mentioned was the 50th anniversary of the coronation of King George the Third which was celebrated in October 1809. It was the first royal jubilee to be celebrated by countrywide events.