John is a handsome youth complete,
A smarter young lad never walked the street ;
And still the Lady's tongue runs on —
Oh ! what a handsome man was John.
Sing fal, the ral, a li do.
Around sweet Highland Mary's grave,
We'll plant the fairest of lillies,
The primrose sweet and violet blue.
Likewise the daffodillies.
But since this world's been grown so wide,
In some lonesome place we'll tarry,
Welcome then come (sic) gather me to sleep,
With my Highland Mary.
LIST OF PLATES.
Group of Morris Dancers with "Squire" and "Sword-bearer." Bampton, Oxon., Whit-Monday, 1897.
The same. A snap-shot of one of the dances.
No. 1. Cake-tin, carried by the "Sword-bearer." Bampton, Oxon.
Nos. 2, 3. Sticks carried by Morris Dancers. Headington, Oxon.
Nos. 4, 5. Pair of "bell-pads" (tenor), made c. 1840. Taston, Oxon.
Nos. 6, 7. Pair of "bell-pads" (treble), made c. 1830. Headington, Oxon.
No. 8. Wooden "Treasury," or money-box, made c. 1830. Bampton, Oxon.
Nos. 1, 2. "Maces" carried by the Lord and Lady of the Lamb Ale. Kirtlington, Oxon.
No. 3. "Mace" carried by the "Lady of the Garland." Bampton, Oxon.
"Peeling-horns," as used at the Whit Hunt, made in 1897. Ducklington, Oxon.
No. 1. Tabour, or "Dub," and stick, made c. 1800. Leafield, Oxon.
No. 2. Tabour and stick, made c. 1850. Deddington, Oxon.
No. 3. Wooden pipe or "whittle," belonging to No. 1.
No. 4. Pipe, made c. 1850. Bampton, Oxon.