GRAHAM PEEL is a North Countryman who seems to take special pleasure in the things of Nature. ' In Summertime on Bredon,' from the Shropshire Lad cycle of Housman, is a universal favourite.
The singer thinks how he and his love would lie on Bredon Hill of a Sunday morning listening to the church bells pealing round the shires. ' Oh, peal upon our wedding,' he said, ' and we will hear the chime.'
But his love has died and left him; she ' went to church alone.'
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.
A Play in One Act by Frederick Fenn and Richard Pryce
Characters : CENE : The working-room at Mme. Didier's laundry in Soho.
MIND Picture : It is Saturday evening before an August Bank Holiday. Madame, with goffering irons, is finishing a cap ; Rose Jordon stands on a chair putting paper packets of collars and cuffs into pigeon-holes ; Clem (Mrs.) Galloway is mending socks, etc. ; Celeste is sitting on a centre table marking off collars, etc., into account book, or slipping pink tissue paper into a stack of shirts, and singing as she swings her feet.
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