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Re: God Save the Queen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0825  Wednesday, 30 April 2003

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Apr 2003 22:52:22 -0400
Subject: 14.0816 Re: God Save the Queen
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0816 Re: God Save the Queen

My own favorite (and a strong contender on account of its great age -
two millennia or more, it would seem) I first heard in a cavers' pub
south of Bath.  It's sung to the tune of "Men of Harlech".  T.  Hawkes
probably knows more verses.

Romans came across the channel
All dressed up in tin and flannel
Half a pint of woad per man'll
Serve as well as these.
Woad to fight the foe, men!
Woad is how you'll go men!
Boil it to a brilliant blue and rub it on your neck and your abdomen.
Ancient Briton ne'er did hit on
Anything so good as woad to fit on
Neck or knees or where you sit on  -
Better far is woad.

There is a second verse which I cannot remember, but the second chorus
goes:

Tramp up Snowdon
With your woad on,
Never mind if you get rained or blowed on
Long as you have got your woad on.
Courage, Ancient B.'s.

Brittanically,
David Evett

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