Two Devon carpenters et al. in St Marychurch - October, 1857

from Father and son, pages 65-66:

...I recall a little incident which exhibits my Father’s morbid delicacy of conscience. He was accustomed, in his brighter moments... occasionally to sing loud Dorsetshire songs of his early days, in a strange, broad Wessex lingo that I loved. One October afternoon he and I were sitting on the verandah, and my father was singing; just round the corner, out of sight, two carpenters were putting up the framework of a greenhouse. In a pause, one of them said to his fellow: ‘He can zing a zong, zo well’s another, though he be a minister.’ My Father, who was holding my hand loosely, …   more >>
cite as

Edmund Gosse, and Michael Newton (ed.), Father and son (Oxford, 2009), p. 65-66. accessed: 11 December, 2023

location of experience: St Marychurch


Edmund Gosse

Listening to

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Dorset folk song performed by Philip Henry Gosse

Experience Information

Date/Time October, 1857
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, outdoors

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:01:41 +0100