Henry George Hibbert in Nottingham - the 1870's
from Fifty Years of a Londoner's Life, page 19:
In that same great market-place I recall the prize-fighter, William Thompson or "Bendigo." He had been converted by a local evangelstic pork butcher, "Jemmy" Dupe, and he sat, a gaunt grey old man wearing a broad-cloth suit, but his colours of "bird's-eye" blue, beside a barrow, on which were displayed his championship belts and the Bibles that he sold. Ever and anon he would spring to his feet and sing:
"Ho I The Devil had me once
But he let me go!
Yes he let me go!
Henry George Hibbert, Fifty Years of a Londoner's Life (New York, 1916), p. 19. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438008324202 accessed: 4 December, 2023
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|Song||performed by William Thompson|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, outdoors, in public|