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Rudheath (Cheshire) Souling Play [1949]
Dendron Pace Egg Mummers Play, 1904

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1. we are one two three good hearty lads and we re all in one mind here we go round all six in a row
2. this night we come a souling good nature to find  
3. this night we come a souling as it does appear  
4. and i hope you ll remember tis soulcaking time tis soul caking time  
5. so the first that is a lady so gay  
6. from her native country she strayed away  
7. with her hat and her feathers she looks very fine  
8. and all that she delights in is drinking port wine is drinking port wine  
9. so the next that steps up is lord nelson you see  
10. with a bunch of blue ribbons right down to his knees  
11. he s a star on his forehead like silver doth shine  
12. and all that he delights in is drinking strong ale is drinking strong ale  
13. go down to your cellar and see what you can find  
14. if your barrel be not empty i ll hope you ll provide  
15. i hope you ll provide with your money and strong beer  
16. so we ll come no more a souling until next year  
17. here i am king george the champion bold in step i king george the champion ever bold
18. i ve won ten thousand pounds in gold in my right hand i carry a glittering sword with which i won ten thousand pounds in gold
19. and by such means i ve won the king of egypt s daughter  
20. if you can t believe these words i say  
21. step in black prince and clear the way enter prince of paradine
22. in comes i black prince of paradise born of fiery nown  
23. so i will fetch king george s courage down  
24. if that be him that dost stand there  
25. that slew my master s son and heir  
26. soon will i make his blood  
27. run like nose blood  
28. mind what thou sayest what s that word thou sayest
29. what i say i mean  
30. stand back thou black morocco dog and by my sword thou ll die  
31. i ll pierce thy body full of holes and make thy buttons fly  
32. how canst thou pierce my body full of holes how can st thy sword break my head
33. when my head is cased in iron my breast in steel my head is made of iron my body is made of steel
34. my toes and fingers of knuckle bone i challenge thee to yield my hands and feet of knuckle bone i ll challenge thee to the field
35. prepare  
36. king george king george what hast thou done o george o george what hast thou done
37. thou hast killed and slain my only son thou st killed and slain mine only son
38. my only heir see how he lies down bleeding there mine only heir can st thou see him bleeding there
39. why mary he challenged me out to fight and why should i deny he challenged me to fight with him and why should i deny
40. ten pounds for the best quack doctor in this town  
41. five if he is a good one five pounds for a doctor
42. here i am john brown  
43. the best quack doctor in this town  
44. from the continent i come  
45. to cure thy son king george hath slain  
46. what sort of diseases can you cure what canst thou cure
47. the all sorts  
48. what s the allsorts  
49. the ipps the pips the pops the gout o i can cure the itch the stitch the scab the gout
50. a man having nineteen devils in his body it is bound to knock twenty out if there be nineteen devils in mr turk i ll bring one and twenty out
51. cure him then  
52. here jack take three drops out of this bottle  
53. and rise and fight the battle rise up bold turk and fight king george again
54. o you silly man the dead man never stirs  
55. o mary i quite forgot  
56. i have taken the right cork off the wrong bottle  
57. i have another bottle in my inside outside jacket coat waistcoat pocket which my great great grandfather sent from spain but i ve got a little bottle in my inside outside jacket breeches waistcoat pocket which my old granny gave when i was over in spain she called it hokey pokey elecampane
58. called the inny minny oky poky  
59. and will bring any dead man to life again 1. to bring the dead to life again
2. it will cure all ills and bring dead men to life again
60. cure him then  
61. o my back my back  
62. what ails thy back my son  
63. my back is broken my heart s confounded  
64. knocked seventeen senses into four score  
65. the like was never seen in old england before  
66. and if you can t believe me what i say if you wont believe me what i say
67. step in beelzebub and clear the way  
68. in comes i beelzebub in jumps i old beelzebub
69. on my shoulder i carry my club under my arm i carry my club
70. in my hand a dripping pan  
71. i reckon myself a jolly old man and i think myself a canny old man
72. rink tink tink a sup more drink  
73. i drink the barrel dry  
74. if you can t believe these words i say  
75. step in dairydoubt and clear the way  
76. in comes dairydoubt  
77. with his shirt flap hanging out  
78. five yards in and five yards out  
79. and if you can t believe these words i say  
80. step in wild horse and clear the way  
81. in comes dick and all his men  
82. he s come to see you once again  
83. he was once alive but now he s dead  
84. but now he s nothing but a poor old horse s head  
85. stand up dick  
86. this horse has travelled high he s travelled low  
87. he s travelled both through frost and snow  
88. he s travelled where houses are thatched with pancakes where i saw houses thatched with pancakes
89. walls built with penny loaves  
90. streets paved with dumplings growing up apple trees  
91. stand up dick  
92. this horse has an eye like an hawk  
93. a neck like a swan  
94. he s tongue like a ladies pocket book  
95. now read it if you can  
96. every time he opens his mouth his head s half off  
97. stand up dick  
98. over going down yon hill last night  
99. poor old dick fell down and broke both shafts off  
100. now ladies and gentlemen open your hearts  
101. and see what you can give towards dick a new cart  
102. not for him to draw but for me to ride in  
103. stand up dick  
104. this horse has only one leg and he is obliged to beg  
105. but what he begs it is but small  
106. but is obliged to serve us all  
107. stand up dick  
108. murphy and his donkey i hear the colliers cry  
109. the lads go shouting bar bow as i go riding by  
110. i never use a whip because he trots along so fast  
111. although his age is ninety nine he came up to the last  
112. i went one morning early to make my donkey s bed  
113. but when i got to the stable i found him lying dead  
114. but when the people heard the news that murphy s ass was dead  
115. they swore to make a monument and put it on his head  
116. make your obedience to your best friends  
117. now to your worst if you dare  
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