Sunday, September 27, 2020

Readers Write and more Edgar Marriott


David C B sent me a couple of emails in response to my posting the poem The Battle of Hastings by Marriott Edgar: 

Email # 1: 

It is worth noting that before the Battle of Hastings King Harold had marched his army 200 miles north from London to Stamford Bridge in Easy Yorkshire where he defeated the Dane army of Harold Hardrada. 

He then force marched his depleted army the 270 miles back to Hastings in 19 days including several days lost at Castleford where the river was too swollen to cross. So, all things considered, not a bad performance at Hastings. 

Email #2: 

And Stanley Holloway does a good monologue of that poem:

Thanks David. 

The Stanley Holloway link is well worth a listen to.

Stanley Holloway


Here is another of Marriott Edgar’s poems, one of his best known, which can also be heard courtesy of Stanley Holloway by clicking on: 

The Lion and Albert 

by Marriott Edgar (1880-1951) 

There’s a famous seaside place called Blackpool,
That’s noted for fresh-air and fun,
And Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom
Went there with young Albert, their son. 

A grand little lad was their Albert,
All dressed in his best; quite a swell,
With a stick with an ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle,
The finest that Woolworth’s could sell.

They didn’t think much to the ocean:
The waves, they was fiddlin’ and small
There was no wrecks and nobody drownded,
‘Fact, nothing to laugh at at all. 

So, seeking for further amusement,
They paid and went into the zoo
Where they’d lions and tigers and camels
And old ale and sandwiches too. 

There were one great big lion called Wallace;
His nose was all covered with scars.
He lay in a som-no-lent posture
With the side of his face on the bars. 

Now Albert had heard about lions,
How they was ferocious and wild.
To see Wallace lying so peaceful,
Well... it didn’t seem right to the child. 

So straight ‘way the brave little feller,
Not showing a morsel of fear,
Took ‘is stick with the ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle
And shoved it in Wallace’s ear! 

You could see that the lion didn’t like it,
For giving a kind of a roll,
He pulled Albert inside the cage with ‘im
And swallowed the little lad... whole! 

Then Pa, who had seen the occurrence,
And didn’t know what to do next,
Said, “Mother! Yon lions ‘et Albert.”
And Mother said “Eeh, I am vexed!” 

Then Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom —
Quite rightly, when all’s said and done —
Complained to the Animal Keeper
That the lion had eaten their son. 

The keeper was quite nice about it;
He said, “What a nasty mishap.
Are you sure that it’s your boy he’s eaten?”
Pa said, “Am I sure? There’s his cap!” 

So the manager had to be sent for.
He came and he said, “What’s to do?”
Pa said, “Yon lion’s ‘et Albert,
And ‘im in his Sunday clothes, too.” 

Then Mother said, “Right’s right, young feller;
I think it’s a shame and a sin
For a lion to go and eat Albert
And after we’ve paid to come in!” 

The manager wanted no trouble.
He took out his purse right away,
Saying, “How much to settle the matter?”
Pa said “What do you usually pay?” 

But Mother had turned a bit awkward
When she thought where her Albert had gone.
She said, “No! Someone’s got to be summonsed!”
So that was decided upon. 

Then off they went to the P’lice Station
In front of a Magistrate chap.
They told ‘im what happened to Albert,
And proved it by showing his cap. 

The Magistrate gave his opinion
That no-one was really to blame.
He said that he hoped the Ramsbottoms
Would have further sons to their name. 

At that Mother got proper blazing,
And “Thank you, sir, kindly!” said she.
“What?! Waste all our lives raising children
To feed ruddy lions? Not me!”

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