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.
- by (Joseph) Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953), "Auvergnat", appears in Verses and Sonnets, first published 1896 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Harold) Temple Abady (1903 - 1970), "He broke his heart in Clermont town", published 1926 [ voice, piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, Sir (1891 - 1975), "Auvergnat", 1943, published 1944 [ voice, piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Robert James Berkeley Fleming (1921 - 1976), "Auvergnat", 1948 [ voice, piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by A. M. Goodhart, known as Al Goodhart (1905 - 1955), "The bells of Clermont town", published <<1957 [ voice, piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robert McCauley , "Auvergnat", 2019, from Poems of Hilaire Belloc, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Archie James Potter (b. 1918), "Auvergnat", published 1952 [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Three Songs of Hilaire Belloc [sung text not yet checked]
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