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Origins: He Sits There

sdean7855 28 Sep 10 - 06:53 AM
davyr 29 Sep 10 - 06:08 AM
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Subject: Origins: He Sits There
From: sdean7855
Date: 28 Sep 10 - 06:53 AM

I'm looking for more info on "He sits there", Cut 16 of Grandson of Morris On.

It's a short piece/poem by Maida Stanier read as a vocal, who apparently was the wife of an Oxford Don in the early part of the last century, if I've got it right. I have tried posting this question to the Morris list, but, though I receive it, I can't seem to post to it........

It describes an old man (William Kimble) playing for a Morris sidegoes (more or less)...

"His eyes flicker, critically,
watching the dancers,
and, down the avenues of dead summers,
the ghosts and ghosts of ghosts
jig to the music they taught him
He pauses on the expiration...
the spectators claps
as the dancers jingle and bow
and the old man
turning away
folds up the centuries
into his pocket."

Anyone the context, know the words exactly, know more, etc. etc.? Have searched Google. the Morris Archive and mudcat with no results........

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Subject: RE: Origins: He Sits There
From: davyr
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 06:08 AM

Only that it refers to William Kimber (not Kimble), concertina player of Headington Quarry MM and the man who sparked Cecil Sharp's interest in the Morris following a chance meeting on Boxing Day, 1899.

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