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The words to the Shrovetide anthem

The words to the Shrovetide anthem

The Anthem

It is traditional to sing the Shrovetide anthem at lunch, prior to the start of each day's play.

The Shrovetide Anthem was written for a concert in 1891 which was held to raise funds to pay fines for playing the game in the street.

It is now sung each day at the pre-game luncheon in the Green Man Royal Hotel.

Words to the song

There's a town still plays this glorious game
Tho' tis but a little spot.
And year by year the contest's fought
From the field that's called Shaw Croft.
Then friend meets friend in friendly strife
The leather for to gain,
'And they play the game right manfully,
In snow, sunshine or rain.

'Tis a glorious game, deny it who can
That tries the pluck of an Englishman.

For loyal the Game shall ever be
No matter when or where,
And treat that Game as ought but the free,
Is more than the boldest dare.
Though the up's and down's of its chequered life
May the ball still ever roll,
Until by fair and gallant strife
We've reached the treasur'd goal.

'Tis a glorious game, deny it who can
That tries the pluck of an Englishman.

last updated: 31/12/2009 at 17:29
created: 21/02/2006

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