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91 Summertime On Bredon by Paintings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)

91 Summertime On Bredon by Paintings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)

"Summertime on Bredon"

Watercolour - Signed and dated 1991

Image size: 130mm x 170mm - Frame: 360mm x 400mm

Exhibited at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
164th Annual Exhibition October 1991

Inspired by the poem "Summertime on Bredon" by A. E. Houseman.

In Summer time on Bredon
The bells they sound so clear,
Round both the shires they ring them
In steeples far and near,
A happy noise to hear

Here on a Sunday morning
My love and I would lie,
And see the coloured counties
And hear the larks so high
About us in the sky

The bells would ring to call her
In valleys miles away:
"Come all to church, good people;
Good people come and pray."
But here my love would stay.

And I would turn and answer
Among the springing thyme,
"Oh, peal upon our wedding,
And we will hear the chime
And come to church in time."

But when the snows at Christmas
On Bredon top were strown,
My love rose up so early
And stole out unbeknown
And went to church alone.

They tolled the one bell only
Groom there was none to see,
The mourners followed after,
And so to church went she,
And would not wait for me.

The bells they sound on Bredon
And still the Steeples hum,
" Come all to church, good people,"-
Oh, noisy bells, be dumb;
I hear you, I will come

This work is in a private collection

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