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St Giles’ Fair, 1911: Henry Taunt


Henry Taunt, Oxford illustrated by camera and pen (1911):

St Giles’s Faier. An Oxfordshire folk-lore ditty

Us cums from Head’nton Quaary an’ sum frum Shotover Hill
An’ sum on us cums fru’ Whaately an’ sum all th’ way fru’ Brill
Fru Milton an’ fru’ ’Aasely frum Stad’am an’ Talmage Stoke
Frum out o’ th’ Otmoor country an’ t’others they cums from Noke
We all on us cums to Auxford, brought in by th’ ould gray mare
’Tis only wunce a year us cums, an’ that’s to St Giles’s Faier.

Us meets sum pals frum Yarnton, sum more frum Norligh too,
From Blechinton an’ Chalton, frum Wesson-on-th’-Green,
An’ sum frum Coate an’ Climbly, the only time they’re seen;
We all on us rides to Auxford, behind o’ th’ ould gray mare,
’Tis only wunce a year us cums, an’ that’s to St. Giles’s Faier.

An’ ther us sees old Boozer, as cums frum Witney Taown,
But you maunt chaff him either, or much-about he’ll fraown,
An’ Jack what hails fru’ Bampton, an’ Joe what cums fru’ Leaow,*
They all hev brought thur lasses, but how I dosen’t kneaw;
Somehow um rides to Auxford, behind o’ th’ ould gray mare,
’Tis only wunce a year um cums, an’ that’s to St. Giles’s Faier.

Us mixes in the dancing, for-bye us likes it well,
An’ goes to see th’ helephant, by goms, ain’t he a swell,
Us to th’ “Harse an’ Jockey” goes in to have some yale,
An’ then us larks about th’ faier until it all gets stale;
Then whoam us all goes from Auxford, behind o’ th’ ould gray mare,
’Tis only wunce a year, ye kneaw, us cums to St. Giles’s Faier.

* Well sur, I belave as how thay spells un L-e-w, but us calls un L-e-a-o-w for short”

 

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