Location: Coxwold, Yorkshire, England (SE5377)
Year: Publ. 1930
Time of Occurrence: [Not given]
Collective Name: [Not given]


Douglas Kennedy
Observations on the Sword-Dance and Mummers' Play
Journal of the English Folk Dance Society, 2nd Series, 1930, No.3, pp.38




In comes I, Beelzebub,
On my shoulder I carry my club,
In my hand a frying pan,
And I think myself a jolly old man.
A jolly old man as I can be,
For I've three sons the same as me
If you don't believe one word I say,
Step in King George and clear the way.


I'm King George, a valiant man,
Who shed his blood for England's clan,
England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
If you don't believe one word I say,
Step in Brave Soldier and clear the way.


I'm Brave Soldier, Valiant Slasher is my name.
Upsides, bucklesides, I'll meet you in the game.


Meet me in the game, Sir; I don't think you're able.
My back is made of iron and my belly's made of steel,
My hands are made of knuckle-bones,
And that'll make you feel.

{He knocks down No.3.}




I'm the Doctor.


What's your name?


Es-vo I-vo Ick-tick-tay.


Where do you come from?


Itty-titty, wher there's neither wall nor city,
And little pigs run about singing 'God save the King',


What's your fee?


Eleven pounds, eleven shillings, and elevenpence three farthings.
{He kneels down and examines the dead man.}
Broken jaw-bone with eating fat bacon,
Cramp in his belly,
And Tic-taleroo in his big toe-nail.
I have a little bottle here called Im-cum-curum,
Take one sniff-snaff-jiff-jaff.
Rise up and walk.

{The dead man rises.}


Kennedy's introduction:

"The sender of this fragment added the following note: 'The play was performed just a few days before Christmas. The Valiant Soldier wore a red sash crosswise over this shoulder, and the Doctor had a top hat. There was another character, now dropped out, called the Bride, who wore a lace curtain as a veil.'"

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