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Ampleforth Sword Dance
The following full set of [moves/words] sent me by Mr Geo Wright (6 Caitus Row, Bank Top, Darlington) on April 3 1913
after my visit to him in preceding week. They were written out by his daughter Mrs Bell.
Make room, make room for these jovial lads
That are a coming round;
For I can handle a sword
With any man in town.
Last night I went to see
[Mrs/Miss] Madame Molly
She was so fair and comely
And not adorned with pride
I am so deep in love with here
Till I don't know how to hide.
Tonight I went to see
Mrs Susannah Packin
She was so fine and gay
But the dogs made such a [backing/ barking]
I forgot all I had to say
So I pray thee honest Christian
What next must I say to her?
Thou must give her gallant speeches
And honestly must woo her
Ay man, her mother likes me well;
She has forty thousand pounds of her own
And she'll give it all to myself
I'll stand a friend right [Jaivey]
I'll stand thee friend my lad;
I'll stand thee friend right [Jaivey]
See thee hearts' full glad
And many a better thing she'll give us when we get wed
Come this way, I'll want (warrant?) thee we'll ger her.
Madam behold a lover!
You shall quickly see my son
Long time have I been waiting
Expecting Ben would come
Ben's grown a sweet young fellow
And his face I long to see
Here's one that doth me follow
And perhaps it may be he
O Ben dost thou do , my lad?
Thou'st welcome from the seas
Thank you father, how do you do?
I am well at ease
O Ben let me kiss thee
For with joy I am fit to cry
O father I'd rather kiss
That lady standing by
O Ben come show thy breeding
Give to her a gentle touch
She's got such a face to [see] upon,
[ O he sais] could afford nonesuch
She's a sweet and modest creature
And she's of a noble fame;
She's a sweet and modest creature,
And Susannah is her name.
Father that's well remembered
How is Dick and Val?
Did not I write last summer
That pale death has closed his sides (eyes?)
It is true a I'm a sinner
I had forgotten quite
Then it's o my will retire
For fear I'll spoil her sport;
For while I'm standing by [yer]
Our Ben can't [frame] to court
So Madam , don't be cruel
Since you're a charmer fair,
Spare him as a jewel
For you'll like to be my heir.
Madam, my father has declared
You are to be my bride
Or otherwise, I am inclined
To lead a single life
For when a man gets married
He's down like a galley slave
Bachelors like sailors
When the liberties there air
Or sorrow does compel you
Against your will to wed.
Indeed, I needs must tell you,
You['re] but a l[a/o]gger's lead (ie fool)
Your cheek is none so charming
As to kindle Cupid's fire;
You've neither wit nor learning
Nor beauty to admire
(Goes up to the Queen) O, madam do but hear me;
I've got some thing more to say.
(gives him a [kick]) Don't stand so near hard by (or "on") me ;
Stand further off I pray
I have not lost my hearing
Nor yet I am not dumb;
But in spite of all [your jeering]
I can exercise my tongue
Says thee so, thou Mistress Cheesemouth?
Thee might give me better words
Although that's a gentle [carcaus]
Thy face to be observed
Thy cheeks are like the cakes of tallow
Thy lips are blue all over
Thou's tawny black and yellow,
And forty colours more!
King goes up to queen again; she give him a kick and stamps her foot and says;
Be gone, thou [piece/prince] of valour
for thou smells of pitch and tar
Go hang theeself on the mainmast
When I shall never see thee more.
Take along with thee my wishes
To the bottom of the sea;
Thou's fitter for the fishes
Than a woman's company.
[Exit] King & Queen
Here comes I, that never come yet
With great head and little wit
Though my head be great
And my wit be small
I've six fine lads
'll please you all
My head's made of iron
My heart's mad of steel
My hands and feet of knuckle bone
I challenge thee out to feel
Enter King and Clown rattle their swords together
How long will this unthinking fool
Disturb us of our private see (privacy?) ?
Fair rose thou may with boldness come
And banish him from our company
Thou would betray for want of skill
It's good to keep tow strings for one bow
Perhaps I might bear him as much goos will
As what I might do to you.
O that's well amused my dear Rose.
I love the girl that;s plain and free
Thou may be packed in snotty nose;
Small hopes I find there is for thee
Sure I this woman's worse than mad
Judge gentlemen , as well as me
In taking such a snotty lad
And [deserving] such a spark as me
King straightens himself up
Spread your affection civilly
And I shall tell you what I think
In you the small ............
There's no mistake to choose and [milk]
Pox take her & there's no not to place her with
So saving thy debauchery!
I'll call thee liar to the truth
I'll will at that accepted be
I'll make thee lies to the [town] estate
But if I in my duty fail
But come to me and I'll call it my fate.
Perhaps thou's got some tenement
Some palace on some Irish shore;
Perhaps thou lives by thee ha'pence rent
It's enough for thee to rent withal
Now I'm maintained by sailor's wives
When their husbands are at all in [impotence]
While you poor eunuchs leads poor lives,
And I am swaggering by my [rents].
My father calls I must obey
Be sure you both in peace remain
Until you hear further what I say
The next time we meet again
Thou art a fool, O then say I,
my reasons are expounded clear
For woman may riddle, but none can tell
By Plain subtracting what they mean.
Still greater [gave] than (by) half than I
If thou would know the certainty
Of what a woman says
Is meant quite contrary way
The devil go with them, for know they're gone
And left me here behind, see if all [well] at home
Faith man! and I'll away an all (also)
I'm a King and conquerer too,
And here I do advance!
I'm the clown of this noble town
And I've come to see the dance
The Clown come to see the King dance!
A King dance!, ask thee sound [fellow] ? didn't I see thee tending the swine to thee day-
Stealing swine O meant to say?
Now you've given offence to your majesty thee must either sing a song, or off goes your head
( The King tries to knock him about with his sword)
I only know a lame song
I like a lame song
How can I be merry and [rise]
And in my heart contented be?
When bone of my arm is out of place
And he [mum] put his nose where his bone should be?
I put my nose where the bone should be?
You old fool, sing it again and sing it right.
I'll not but (ie only) sing it again
( Clown sings song as before but indicates another man "to put his nose where bone should be.)
As you sang that so well
You must sing another
How can I sing another when I don't know one?
You must have one or off goes your head.
Let me study a minute
I've studied a love song about [murder] my grandmother learned me seven years after she was dead.
Oh I like a love song
O love is like a killing thing
It's both for heart and mind
And he that doesn't come before
He needs must come before
You old fool what difference is there between before and before? Sing it again and sing it right.
I'll not but sing it again
Sing it again and sing it right , or off goes your head!
O love it is a killing thing
It's both for heart and mind
And he that doesn't come before
He needs must come before
What difference is there between before and before?
It's the way I learned it, sing it yourself
If I sing it, see that you learn it
(Sings) O love it is a killing thing
It's both for heart and mind
And he that doesn't ome before
He need must come behind.
(King and Clown Exit)
I'm a King and a King of high renown
Sorry that you have'll be offended, with that ragly fellow that's called a clown
What [needs] thou be offended? If thou was hanged in yonder tree.
I could make a for a better King than thee.
King (going up to dancers who are behind the door)
Come all ye young men and draw your swords straight,
And take this fool clean out of my sight
For if I talk to him, he talk to me all night.
(Dancers rattle their swords. Exit King)
Ye gentlemen all who in mirth take delight
And intends a sport for to see
I've come to tell you that I am the clown
And pray [you], how do you like me?
Although I am little, my strength it is great;
I woud I can for to tell you a lie.
I once killed a hedgehog as big as myself
And it made me a [rare] apple pie
(and he made me a delicate [fry])
Now my grandmother; one of the hamburg [herd]
As big as an old [silt] (a spayed sow) in her [twang]
She would serve by the tinker at peddling trade,
If that isn't a lie I'll be hanged!
My father was a topaman (hangman?) and tideman three years,
Alas he was tiled so high;
It was all for stealing 3 lusty grey mares-
If that isn't true it's a lie!
As for myself I'm a butcher so good,
I can hit both the mark and the square;
I can stick a young heifer and never draw blood.
And that I can do to a hair
I always was jovial and always will be
Always at one time of the year.
Since Adam created both axen and plough
We get plenty of [store] and strong beer.
So now I've told my birth
And the place from whence I come
So now I will set forth
Our noble dancers on.
Our dancers will appeal
In splendour by and bye
[Goofas Bok]! I'll do them here
(dancers rattle swords, but keep out of sight)
Silence! silence ! I cry.
[An /Our] dancers will appear
In splendour,red and white
[Goofas Boks]! and do them see
They're coming into sight
(The King just shows himself)
(King comes in first)
The first that comes on is King Henry by name,
He is a King and conquerer too;
And with his broad sword he will make them to fall;
But I fear he will fight me [enno] (presently).
(King & Clown rattle swords together)
(First line repeats after each verse)
The next is [Progallus], as some so him call,
He's a general to the same King;
And with his broad sword make them to fly;
Isn't that a most [disparate] thing ?
The third I shall name without any offence;
A gentleman first come from Cork
He's witty and pretty in every degree
And amongst the girls he will sport.
The fourth is Hickman a [rival]
Stick close to his back.
Bewitched already by a beautiful lass,
But young Cupid his ruin shall be.
The fifth is [Jerry] he's a passionate [friend]
He [follows] his master indeed
He's been a true [trader] as even did [leed/lend]
And i wish we'd some more of his breed.
There's little Diana I'd like to forget,
Whose beauty shines much like one [?]
But if [ever] we do get our heads to the past
We'll drink till it [strikes ?] at noon
Go on my brave heroes!
Our valour has been tried;
From off the plains of Waterloo
These six fought side by side.
They fought against Napoleon bold,
And made him run away;
Sent him to St Helena,
And there they made him stay.
All you pretty lasses,
That's sitting roundabout,
There are six handsome young lads,
As ever was turned out.
They'll make you loving sweethearts,
For ever they'll be true
They'll fight for you as manfully
As they did at Waterloo.
(Enter no 1 ie The King)
The first I do call he's a handsome as any man,
As ever the sun shone on;
He's like his brother Cupid [leaves] on the charming boy
And when he meets with a bonny lass
With her he [loves to toy]
(Enter no 2)
The next he is a bashful youth,
He's brother to the moon;
But first he gets his name up
In country and in town.
Amongst the pretty wenches
He does a roaring trade
And when he meets a bonny lass
His valour is displayed.
(Enter no 3)
The next he's sparkling lad,
His father is a Squire;
For Betsy their sweet chambermaid
got a great demise.
He huddled her, he cuddled her,
Until he made her yield;
But when the truth they came to know,
He was faced to [suit] the field.
(Enter no 4)
The next he's a [rakish] youth;
I've heard his mother say
She would give him sound advice
Before he went away
He was [known] to kiss a black lass
When he could kiss a white
And when he met a bonny lass
To stay with her all night
The next he is a valiant youth,
He's been in all the wars;
When he returned form Waterloo
The hills did loudly ring.
He won the day in splendour,
He fought a valiant man,
His countrymen did all rejoice
When he returned again.
The next he is a brave young man
as ever you did see
So well did he act his part
For his King and Country
He had no fear about him;
For ever he'll be true;
He'll fight for you as manfully
As he did at Waterloo.
So lasses prepare your lips
As here before your eyes
These six lusty lads
Will roll you in their arms
So speak spectators all,
If you'll not take it amiss
If these lads lads will dance their shares
These lasses I will kiss.
So now you [?] us all go round
And lead our [?]
Gentlemen and ladies all
What do you think of me?
So now you've seen us all
Think of me what you will;
Music strike up and play
T' and wife of Coverdill
Here follows the dance
After the man (not the Clown) is [felled\ at the conclusion of the dance, the dancers leave the stage, the Clown
and the dead man being left alone.
(The Clown walks about and tumbles over the corpse.)
Is is rough ground
(Clown turns around and tumbles over again)
Hello! Hello! what's the matter here?
A man died!
I fear you have killed him
No! He has nearly killed me!
(Stamps his foot)
Come all you villains and [clear] yourselves!
(No 2 enters)
I am sure it's [none] of I
Thad did this bloody act;
It's he that follows me
That did it for a fact.
(No 3 enters)
I'm sure it's none of I
That did this awful crime;
It's he that follows me
That drew his sword so fine
(No 4 enters)
Don't lay the blame on me
You awful villains all!
I'm sure my eyes were shut
When this young man did fall.
(Enter no 5)
How could your eyes be shut,
When I was looking on?
I'm sure you were with us
When first our swords were drawn.
(Enter no 6)
Our King has done the deed
And he lays the blame on me!
Before I'll take the blame
I'll try my sword with thee!
(King and no 6 fight and rattle their swords together)
[O say!] alas what shall I do?
I've been the cause of all this war!
[O say] I am that it should happen so
That I showed slay this poor old man.
How can he be an old man? Young man like me his father. I got (begot?) this morning before I got my breakfast.
Bury him! We'll sing a psalm on him.
(All kneel round the dead man)
(The Clown then gives out the following psalm)
When first King Henry ruled this land
He was a right generous King (repeated by mourners)
He stole three pecks of barley meal
To make a large pudding (repeated)
And when this pudding it was boiled;
They filled it full of plums;
There was lumps of suet in a big
As my two thumbs ( repeated)
The King and Queen they both did eat
And gentlemen likewise;
And what they couldn't eat that night
Next morning had it fried (repeated)
(The Clown now reads his will)
God in heaven take his soul!
Church yard take his bones!
And that man that hold my sword,
Take his wife and bairns!
(Clown hands his sword to another man)
How can we this man bury
When people all around [us stand]
But if we mean to escape the halter
We must send for a doctor.
(All shout for a doctor)
I have heard of doctors both far and near, have heard of one tho' that he lives in Spain, I'll lay ten pounds
if he was here he would bring this man to life again. Five, ten, fifteen, twenty pounds for a doctor.
See Sir[e] a doctor here, who travels much at home.
Take these here my pills, they cure the young
The old, that hat, the cold the living and the dead
What's the matter here?
A man dead
How long has he been dead?
Seven minutes. Can you cure him?
If he has been dead seven years I can cure him!
What is your fee?
Nineteen pounds, nineteen shillings , eleven pence, three farthings, peck of single head and some oats for my horse.
It is an [?] I won't give it
Gee ball! (exit)
Hi ! Hi! Doctor is that the lowest you'll take?
I'll throw off the oats and the single head
you must try your skill
give a dead man physic?
Can you cause a stomach (ie appetite) in the morning?
I can cause a stomach in the morning , make his victuals fly down his throat like a wheelbarrow,
and rattle in his throat like a [pair] of chests of drawers.
Can you do anything for a fair lady?
Yes if ever a fair lady in this room wants a husband [trimming], bring him to me and soon she shall have one.
Can you do anything for a big bellied [mare/man]?
Yes! I can do anything for a big bellied [mare], the old fool, the gaol and the [pepper] visit cracks; thousands which I cure is now here
I can tell. It's all done with this little (Pandora's?) box; take that and you['re] well.
Well doctor, what is your name?
I don't like to tell it to a ragamuffin like you!
I must know your name
Well you shall know it, but it takes a good scholar to read it. My name is Ivan Lovan Tanaman laddie, seven son of a new born doctor, Here I've travelled through 55 kingdoms and now return to my.
own country; cure men with there heads off, men with their hearts out, the itch, the stitch, the stone , the bone, the pulse and the gout if there was nineteen devils.
Hi! doctor he's a long time coming to life.
Well I must bleed him.
(Doctor give the King the King the dead man's arm to hold up, and then [runs] at him with his sword. The king falls and knocks his [own] cap off, which the doctor [then puts right] The Doctor then bleeds the dead man)
I've travelled for my education.
How far have you travelled?
All the way form the fireside upstairs and knocked the chamberpot over and back again.
Is that all you've travelled?
Oh no! not by a great deal, I've travelled all the way from Little Titti, Where there's neither town nor city
wooden chimes, leather bells black pudding for the bell rope, knives and forks
Stuck in the backsides, crying "God save the King".
Well doctor he is a long time in coming to life.
I will bring him to life
(Clown takes his sword and [pulls] down the man's middle. Whereupon the dead man came to life and jumps up and says)
Good morning, gentlemen
A sleeping I have been;
I've had such a sleep
As the like was never seen!
And now I am awake
And alive [?] this day
And dancers shall have a dance
And the doctor have his pay.
And all the dialogue between that point and the Queen's exit was sung
The singing was resumed when the Queen enters in the second part and is continued till she goes out.