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Farewell Manchester! noble town, fare-well!
Here with loyalty ev'ry breast can swell,
Wheresoe'er I roam, Here, as in a home,
Ever, dear Lancashire, my heart shall dwell.

Farewell Manchester! sadly I depart.
Tear-drops bodingly from their prison start.
Though I toil anew, Shadows to pursue,
Shadows vain, thou'lt remain within my heart.

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Source: Singing Together, Summer 1951, BBC Publications

From "The National Song Book", Boosey and Hawkes Ltd.

The tune is also used for the Lichfield morris under the name "Ring O' Bells".

I leave it to people with more knowledge to disentangle the relationship between the song and the morris dance.


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