Oranges and Lemons

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Possibly the most well-known traditional song related to bell ringing, Oranges and Lemons (Roud 13190[1]) is a traditional English nursery rhyme and singing game which refers to the bells of several churches, all within or close to the City of London[2].

Oranges and lemons
Said the bells of St. Clements
You owe me five farthings
Said the bells of St. Martins

When will you pay me?
Said the bells of Old Bailey
When I grow rich
Said the bells of Shoreditch

And when will that be?
Said the bells of Stepney
Oh I do not know
Said the great bell of Bow

Here comes a candle
To light you to bed
And here comes a chopper
To chop off your head

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References

  1. Vaughan Williams Memorial Library - Roud 13190
  2. Mainly Norfolk - Oranges and Lemons