by (Joseph) Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)

There was a man was half a clown
Language: English 
There was a man was half a clown
(It's so my father tells of it).
He saw the church in [Claremont]1 town
And laughed to hear the bells of it.

He laughed to hear the bells that ring
In Claremont Church and round of it;
He heard the verger's daughter sing,
And loved her for the sound of it. 

The verger's daughter said him nay;
She had the right of choice in it.
He left the town at break of day;
He hadn't had a voice in it.

The road went up, the road went down,
And there the matter ended it.
He broke his heart in Claremont town.
At Pontgibaud they mended it.

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1 Goodhart: "Clermont" throughout.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 114