Three Choruses to Texts by Hilaire Belloc

Song Cycle by Gabriel Fontrier (b. 1918)

Word count: 321

?. Ha'nacker Mill [sung text not yet checked]

Sally is gone that was so kindly
Sally is gone from Ha'nacker Hill.
And the Briar grows ever since then so blindly
[ And ever since then the clapper is still,]1
And the sweeps have fallen from Ha'nacker Mill.

Ha'nacker Hill is in Desolation:
Ruin a-top and a field unploughed.
And Spirits that call on a fallen nation
[ Spirits that loved her calling aloud:]1
Spirits abroad in a windy cloud.

Spirits that call and no one answers;
Ha'nacker's down and England's done.
Wind and Thistle for pipe and dancers
And never a ploughman under the Sun.
Never a ploughman. Never a one.

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1 omitted by Warlock.

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?. Tarantella [sung text not yet checked]

Do you remember an Inn,
Miranda?
Do you remember an Inn?
And the tedding and the spreading
Of the straw for a bedding,
And the fleas that tease in the [High]1 Pyrenees,
And the wine that tasted of [tar]2?
And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers
(Under the vine of the dark verandah)?
Do you remember an Inn, Miranda?
Do you remember an Inn?
And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers
Who hadn't got a penny
And who weren't paying any,
And the hammer at the doors and the din?
And the hip! hop! hap!
Of the clap
Of the hands to the [swirl and the twirl]3
of the girl gone chancing,
Glancing,
Dancing,
Backing and advancing,
Snapping of the clapper to the spin
Out and in --
And the ting, tong, tang of the guitar!
Do you remember an Inn, 
Miranda?
Do you remember an Inn?

Never more; 
Miranda,
Never more.
Only the high peaks hoar:
And Aragon a torrent at the door.
No sound
In the walls of the halls where falls
The tread 
Of the feet of the dead to the ground,
No sound:
But the boom
Of the [waterfall]4 like doom.

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1 Toye: "Highly"
2 Toye: "the tar"
3 Toye: "twirl and the swirl"
4 Toye: "far waterfall"

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?. The false heart [sung text not yet checked]

I said to Heart, "How goes it?" 
Heart replied : 
"Right as a Ribstone Pippin!" 
But it lied. 

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