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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleChrist Church bells
Roud No.1237
Collected FromBond, Mary Mrs.
LocationQuenington
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 128
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 22nd April, 1916, p 3, Part 28, No. 10: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 54
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Hark, the bonny Christ Church bells!
One, two, three, four, five, six;
They sound so sweet, so wondrous sweet,
They sound so merry, merry.

Verse 2

Hark, the first and second bell!
At every day goes four and ten,
Cries - Come, come, come, come, come to prayer;
Or the Verger stoops before the Dean.

Verse 3

Ting a ling ling, goes the small bell of ten,
To call the bearers home;
There's never a man will lose his can,
Till he hears the mighty Tom.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'The following pieces also I obtained of Mrs M Bond, Quenington, though I heard a few words of the first [Of all the brave birds] at Aston a few months ago. The Christ Church is evidently that of Oxford, so that the piece is local.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'The following also I obtained of Mrs Bond, Quenington, though I heard a few words of it at Aston. The Christ Church is evidently that of Oxford, so that the piece is local.'

Note 2

The differences in Williams' notes are confusing. In the first he is clearly referring to 'Of all the brave birds', yet the note in FSUT states that the Christ Church Bells was heard at Aston.

Note 3

The text Christ Church Bells is followed by a pencil line.

Then the words of 'Follow me' are given. There is a note in another hand: '= Mi.573?' On Mi 573 which is a typescript appears 'published in F.O.U.P [Page 298]. M/S missing.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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