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I couldn't let the theme of Plymouth go without reference to this gentleman

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by grebeman, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Not a son of Plymouth, he was born in nearby Tavistock, but a true Devonian and former Lord Mayor of the city.

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    Drake he was a Devon man, an' ruled the Devon seas,
    (Capten, art tha sleepin' there below?),
    Rovin' tho' his death fell, he went wi' heart at ease,
    An' dreamin' arl the time o' Plymouth Hoe,
    "Take my drum to England, hang et by the shore,
    Strike et when your powder's runnin' low;
    If the Dons sight Devon, I'll quit the port o' Heaven,
    An' drum them up the Channel as we drummed them long ago."


    Here he stands, looking south over Plymouth Hoe and out to sea

    (I was actually born in Lockyer Street Maternity Hospital, about 500 yards from this statue.


    Barrie
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    As in Sir Francis Drake? What a wonderful statue and poetic tribute - or is it a song, Barrie?
     
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    BB, it's part of the poem "Drake's Drum" by Sir Henry Newbold, and yes it has been set to music by Stanford, part of his "Songs of the Sea", it might have featured in the Last Night of the Proms at some time.

    Barrie
     
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  4. RichardP

    RichardP SC Regular

    33
    Oct 13, 2010
    'tis a song but maybe a poem as well.
     
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  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    My thanks to you both!
     
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