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The Bell Ringing One day in October neither drunken nor sober O'er Broadbury Down I was making my way When I heard of some ringing Some dancing and singing I ought to remember that jubilee day cho: 'Twas in Ashwater town, the bells they did sound They rang for a hat and a belt laced with gold But the men of North Lew rang so steady and true That there never were better in Devon I hold 'Twas misunderstood for the men of Broadwood Gave a blow on the tenor ne'er ought'a been But the men of North Lew rang so faultlessly true A difficult matter to beat them 'twould ha been They of Broadwood being naughty then said to our party We'll ring you a challenge again in a round We'll give you a chance at St. Stephen's or Launceston the prize to the winners a note of five pound cho: 'Twas in Callington Town the bells next did sound etc. When the match it came on At good Callington The bells they rang out o'er the valleys below Then old and young people the hale and the feeble They came out to hear the sweet bell music flow cho: 'Twas at Callington town the bells they did sound etc. 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 pull so steady and true That no better than they in the West can be found cho: 'Twas in Ashwater town then in Callington Town They rang etc. The song came from the collection "Songs of the West" by S.Baring Gould The author is unknown but I haven't heard it sung for many many years in England. BS BS oct99
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