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Hamelin town’s in Brunswick,

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Hamelin town’s in Brunswick,

Hamelin town’s in Brunswick,

By famous Hanover city,

The River Weser deep and wide,

Washes its wall son the southern side

A pleasanter spot you never spied,

But when begins my ditty

almost fie hundred years ago,

To see the towns folk suffer so,

From vermin was a pity!


I learned this poem when I was a child, probably about eight or nine I would think. I had a wonderful illustrated book of it, and loved to read it and became so entranced that I learned the poem off by heart.

Rats! The fought the dogs and killed the cats

They bit the babies in the  cradles

And licked the soup from the cooks only ladles,

Split open kegs of salted sprats

Made nests in side men’s Sunday hats

And even spoiled the women’s chats

By drowning their speaking

With shrieking and squeaking

In fifty different sharps and flats!

Fifi and Sox, chocolate brown and adorable

I’m not sure I have remembered it correctly, because it is so many, many years since I last read it, but it is such fun to recite!

At last the townsfolk in a body

To the town hall came a-knocking

“Tis clear!” cried they “Our mayor’s a noddy

And as for the corporation – shocking!

To think we buy gowns lined with ermine

For fools who can’t or won’t determine

What’s best to rid us of our vermin!

Rise up sirs, give your brains a racking

And find the remedy we are lacking

Or sure as fat we’ll send you packing!”

At this the mayor and corporation

Quaked in mighty consternation.

The poem, of course, is The Pied-Piper of Hamelin, written in 1842 by Robert Browning!

About Lois

I am a writer living in the west of England; my most recent e-novel is 'Beyond Hope', the 4th in my Radwinter series. It and all my books are available on Amazon. My next novel, 'Lucky Portbraddon' will be published in the autumn. I hope my blog will engage you with my other interests, music, family history and food... Most of all I hope you engage with my writing and my thoughts on the process... at least, on my process!! You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter

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