Barbara Bell

Barbara Bell appears in the three main collections, subtitled A New Song to an Old Tune.

Away to the picnic at Ryton away
Went off in the sunrise together pell-mell
And many were bonny and many were gay
But sweetest of any was Barbara Bell

As sweet as a cherry was Barbara Bell
Tricksy and merry was Barbara Bell;
Tho’ others that day were bonny and gay
The Queen of the charmers was Barbara Bell

Nan Harley was there, her locks in the sun
Did sparkle and burn, yet woeful to tell,
No spoils by her long yellow tresses were won
The lads only hankered for Barbara Bell.

Meg Wilson came up, her eyes black as jet - 
And tho’ at a fair oft ruled by their spell,
Meg fail’d even one rosy apple to get - 
No pickings were there but for Barbara Bell.

Nell Dowey appeared, in her dimples adorned,
The rose of the roses was she on the Fell;
But somehow this rose to a daffodil turned
That moment she glided near Barbara Bell

The lovely and young, they danced and they sung,
Till down came the night and darkened the dell;
When homeward they hied – a star for their guide - 
And who was that star saving Barbara Bell!