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Lyr Add: Recitations written by Thomas Hood

Monologue John 15 May 23 - 11:21 PM
Monologue John 15 May 23 - 11:23 PM
Monologue John 15 May 23 - 11:35 PM
GUEST,Phill d'Conch 16 May 23 - 01:59 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Recitations written by Thomas Hood
From: Monologue John
Date: 15 May 23 - 11:21 PM

The Faithless Nelly Gray by Thomas Hood

Ben Battle was a soldier bold,
And used to war's alarms;
But a cannon-ball took off his legs,
So he laid down his arms.

Now as they bore him off the field,
Said he, 'Let others shoot;
For here I leave my second leg,
And the Forty-second Foot.'

The army-surgeons made him limbs:
Said he, 'They're only pegs;
But there's as wooden members quite,
As represent my legs.'

Now Ben he loved a pretty maid, --
Her name was Nelly Gray;
So he went to pay her his devours,
When he devoured his pay.

But when he called on Nelly Gray,
She made him quite a scoff;
And when she saw his wooden legs,
Began to take them off.

'O Nelly Gray! O Nelly Gray!'
Is this your love so warm?
The love that loves a scarlet coat
Should be a little more uniform.

Said she, 'I loved a soldier once,
For he was blithe and brave;
But I will never have a man
With both legs in the grave

'Before you had those timber toes
Your love I did allow;
But then, you know, you stand upon
Another footing now.'

'O Nelly Gray! O Nelly Gray!
For all your jeering speeches,
At duty's call I left my legs
In Badajos's breaches.'

'Why, then,'said she, 'you've lost the feet
Of legs in war's alarms,
And now you cannot wear your shoes
Upon your feats of arms!'

'O false and fickle Nelly Gray!
I know why you refuse:
Though I've no feet, some other man
Is standing in my shoes.

'I wish I ne'er had seen your face;
But, now, a long farewell!
For you will be my death'-- alas!
You will not be my Nell!'

Now when he went from Nelly Gray
His heart so heavy got,
And life was such a burden grown,
It made him take a knot.

So round his melancholy neck
A rope he did intwine,
And, for his second time in life,
Enlisted in the Line.

One end he tied around a beam,
And then removed his pegs;
And, as his legs were off -- of course
He soon was off his legs.

And there he hung till he was dead
As any nail in town;
For, though distress had cut him up,
It could not cut him down.

A dozen men sat on his corpse,
To find out why he died, --
And they buried Ben in four cross-roads
With a stake in his inside.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Recitations written by Thomas Hood
From: Monologue John
Date: 15 May 23 - 11:23 PM

Sally Simpkin's Lament,
by Thomas Hood
"Oh! what is that comes gliding in,
And quite in middling haste?
It is the picture of my Jones,
And painted to the waist.

"It is not painted to the life,
For where's the trowsers blue?
Oh Jones, my dear!--Oh dear! my Jones,
What is become of you?'

"Oh! Sally dear, it is too true,--
The half that you remark
Is come to say my other half
Is bit off by a shark!

"Oh! Sally, sharks do things by halves
Yet most completely do!
A bite in one place seems enough,
But I've been bit in two.

"You know I once was all your own,
But now a shark must share!
But let that pass--for now to you
I'm neither here nor there.

"Alas! death has a strange divorce
Effected in the sea.
It has divided me from you,
And even me from me.

"Don't fear my ghost will walk o' nights
To haunt as people say;
My ghost can't walk, for, oh! my legs
Are many leagues away!

"Lord! think when I am swimming round,
And looking where the boat is,
A shark just snaps away a half
Without "a quarter's notice."

"One half is here, the other half
Is near Columbia placed:
Oh! Sally, I have got the whole
Atlantic for my waist.

"But now, adieu--a long adieu!
I've solved death's awful riddle.
And would say more, but I am doomed
To break off in the middle.'

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Recitations written by Thomas Hood
From: Monologue John
Date: 15 May 23 - 11:35 PM

Faithless Nelly Brown by Thomas Hood

Young Ben he was a nice young man,
      A carpenter by trade;
    And he fell in love with Sally Brown,
      That was a lady's maid.

    But as they fetch'd a walk one day,
      They met a press-gang crew;
    And Sally she did faint away,
      Whilst Ben he was brought to.

    The Boatswain swore with wicked words,
    Enough to shock a saint,
  That though she did seem in a fit,
    'Twas nothing but a feint.

    "Come, girl," said he, "hold up your head,
    He'll be as good as me;
  For when your swain is in our boat,
    A boatswain he will be."

    So when they'd made their game of her,
    And taken off her elf,
  She roused, and found she only was
    A coming to herself.

    "And is he gone, and is he gone?"
    She cried, and wept outright:
  "Then I will to the water side,
    And see him out of sight."

    A waterman came up to her,—
    "Now, young woman," said he,
  "If you weep on so, you will make
    Eye-water in the sea."

    "Alas! they've taken my beau Ben
    To sail with old Benbow;"
  And her woe began to run afresh,
    As if she'd said Gee woe!

    Says he, "They've only taken him
    To the Tender ship, you see";
  "The Tender-ship," cried Sally Brown
    "What a hard-ship that must be!"

    "O! would I were a mermaid now,
    For then I'd follow him;
  But Oh!—I'm not a fish-woman,
    And so I cannot swim.

    "Alas! I was not born beneath
    The virgin and the scales,
  So I must curse my cruel stars,
    And walk about in Wales."

    Now Ben had sail'd to many a place
    That's underneath the world;
  But in two years the ship came home,
    And all her sails were furl'd.

    But when he call'd on Sally Brown,
    To see how she went on,
  He found she'd got another Ben,
    Whose Christian-name was John.

    "O Sally Brown, O Sally Brown,
    How could you serve me so?
  I've met with many a breeze before,
    But never such a blow":

    Then reading on his 'bacco box
    He heaved a bitter sigh,
  And then began to eye his pipe,
    And then to pipe his eye.

    And then he tried to sing "All's Well,"
    But could not though he tried;
  His head was turn'd, and so he chew'd
    His pigtail till he died.

    His death, which happen'd in his berth,
    At forty-odd befell:
  They went and told the sexton, and
    The sexton toll'd the bell.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Recitations written by Thomas Hood
From: GUEST,Phill d'Conch
Date: 16 May 23 - 01:59 PM

Also with a "Ben." Bit of a group effort but credit is still to Hood: Origins: Faithless Sally Brown

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Recitations written by Thomas Hood
From: Monologue John
Date: 20 May 23 - 07:30 AM

I Remember   I Remember    by Thomas Hood

I remember, I remember,
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon,
Nor brought too long a day,
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away!
I remember, I remember,
The roses, red and white,
The violets, and the lily-cups,
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,—
The tree is living yet!
I remember, I remember,
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then,
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow!
I remember, I remember,
The fir trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now 'tis little joy
To know I'm farther off from Heav'n
Than when I was a boy.

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