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My dear boy, You told me to enquire about my old companions of my single days — How is Thomas Porter — in my single days we loved books and flowers together. And how is Tom Clare — we used to sit in the fields and sing capital songs — ”She is the darling of my life, and she lives in the alley…” — Capital songs over a bottle of beer! How is old Otter the Fiddler? And old John Nottingham and his wife Sally Frisby? Henry Snow and his wife and Robin Oliver and Jonathan Burbidge and his wife and daughter and Mary Buzley and old Mr. Buzley if alive for many are dead and some forgotten and Richard Royce and his wife and daughter? And Nottingham, old John Nottingham? There is also Will Bloodworth and Tom and Sam Ward and John Fell and his wife and John King and Miss Large. Mr. and Miss Bellars on the hill and John and Mrs. Bullimore the Village Schoolmistress and how is Charles Welsh and Robin Oliver? And John Nottingham. And remember me kindly to all I have forgotten.
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Note: this is a prose text (a letter to Charles Clare); the line breaks have been added arbitrarily.
- by John Clare (1793 - 1864), no title, written 1849, first published 1988 [author's text not yet checked 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 David Evan Thomas (b. 1958), "Enquiry", subtitle: "To Charles Clare", 1990 [baritone, piano], from Heard in a Violent Ward, no. 4. [ sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2018-08-27
Line count: 18
Word count: 188