the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

England: history of the pipe and tabor

Victorian Literature (1870 - 1900)


The pipe and tabor were known throughout Victorian times. Many newspapers
had literature or poetry columns. Sometimes advertisements were placed
in newspapers advertising amusements to take place locally. Many stories and
books of poetry included a mention of the instruments.


1870 poem1870 part of poemGlossop Record - Saturday 19 February 1870 Verse II
1870 poem WOVEN ON QUIET DAYS - CIVITAS DEI1870Warp and Woof: A Book of Verse' by Samuel Willoughby Duffield
1870 song 1870‘Zampa : an operatic drama in three actes’

1870 poem

“…O, come with pipe and tabour, girls and boys,
And smite the timbrel, singing to their praise.
That one of twain are made ; each best obeys,
Who the Creator's bounty beat enjoys…”


1871 story

“…songs were sung, mirth was at its height, and laughter was re-echoed in roaring peals from the hall to the kitchen
and the kitchen to the barn. Fiddles were set going, and pipe and tabor ; and the young and gay were soon footing
it in little parties, according to their rank or their fancy, upon the turf in front of the house…”

'Hartland Forest : a legend of north Devon' by Bray, Mrs. (Anna Eliza)

1871 story 'OCTAVIA SOLARA'.
“…The young men of La Torre accompanied them to the confines of the parish with pipe and tabor,
and now and then fired muskets into the air…others, younger still, were dancing in a ring to the sound
of the aforesaid pipe and tabor….after the feast came a dance, still to pipe and tabor, with the addition
now of one or two fiddles….”

‘Golden Hours. A Magazine for Sunday Reading' 1871-03-01: Iss 3

1872 poem entitled 'The Sewing Machine' 1872 poemCounty Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire - Saturday 15 June 1872
1872 description of a painting featuring two wandering minstrels: 1872Daily News (London) - Thursday 31 October 1872 1872 In a Special Entertainment called
'A Comical Ballet Extraordinary', with
a pipe and tabor, was performed
at Crystal Palace Great Stage

as advertised in 'Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle' - Saturday 13 April 1872
1873 story ‘Lost Heir of Lynwood’ 1873Essex Newsman - Saturday 14 June 1873 1873 poem ‘Sour Grapes’

“…Phillida flouts me — what care I
Shepherds still pipe and tabor play,
I'll list to the sound of your minstrelsy,
And dance like Old Sol upon Easter-day…”

'Chaplets from Coquet-side' by Crawhall, Joseph

1873 poem ‘The Dance’

“…The woodland around re-echoes the sound
Of tabor and fife in a gladsome rebound.
All hearts are alive, sweet pleasures revive,
As we trip it and slip it and skip it along….”

‘The Shepherd's Garden’ by Davies, William

1873 poem ‘THE QUARREL.’

“SOUND up the fife and tabor :  
Come join my song, good neighbour,
With fa la la la la….”

‘The Shepherd's Garden’ by Davies, William

1873 poem ‘Elegy on a Lady whom grief for the death
of her Betrothed Killed’ by Robert Bridges,

‘...Sound flute and tabor, that the bridal be
Not without music, nor with these alone ;..."

1873 opera ‘The Lord  of  Burleigh’
  by Signor Schira
" a rural village at harvest time, is making ready for the celebration of the marriage
of the village belle, with the young landscape-painter…rustic procession and dances to the accompaniment of pipe and tambor…”

Monthly Musical Record

1873 play, set in the English Civil War

“…Miller — Well footed, my lads and lasses, ye dance bravely; it almost makes me young again to see such sport.
I am half inclined to take a turn with the old wife here…. Come hither, young folks, and join us in a toast ; you'll not
dance one whit the worse for quenching your thirst. Come, pipe and tabor, too ! Marry ! fiddling must be dry work
under such a sun as this….”

“…Miller. {Advancing and interrupting them). An, if it please you, Sir Ralph, the tenants are assembled and ready
for the dance.
Sir R. Strike up pipes and tabor, and let them foot it as merrily as if this were the wedding day….”

'The king's banner: or, Aïmèz loyauté,' an original drama by I S. Cresswell

1874 ‘To a Dejected One’1874Barnsley Independent - Saturday 05 September 1874

1874 poem ‘WHERE— AND OH! WHERE?’
“…Where all the nymphs and their love-sick swains
Made merry to pipe and tabor ?

Where are they gone ? They are gone to sleep
Where Fancy alone can find them :…”

‘Carols of Cockayne’ by  Leigh, Henry S. (Henry Sambrooke), 1837-1883

1875 poem ‘King’s Delight’1875Thanet Advertiser - Saturday 14 August 1875

1875 poem ‘ANVIL ECHOES’
“…But since soft words suit flute and tabour —
Words expressing a wooer's mood,
When a lover is earnestly loving his neighbour,…”

'Thistledown' by Alexander Rae Garvie

1877 political satire: 1877Truth - Thursday 06 September 1877

1877 poem

“…Marching on, with pipe and tabor,
Bringing in the spoils of labour.
Now there comes a joyous train,
Bearing fruits and golden grain….”

'A fair apparition, or, A night with the muses, and other sketches' by Charles Dyall

1878 poem 'Sweet Peace'

1878 poemWilts and Gloucestershire Standard - Saturday 27 July 1878

1878 poem 'Old Knowles Has Flit'1878Preston Chronicle - Saturday 28 September 1878
1878 song 'The Barrel Organ' 1878Truth - Thursday 17 October 1878
1879 poem 1879The Referee - Sunday 29 June 1879
1879 story - ‘The Red House in Blank Street by Geo.Manville Fenn’1879Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale Herald - Saturday 27 December 1879

1880 a poem about peace: ‘The Modest Postulates’

1880 poem about peaceHartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Tuesday 21 September 1880

1880 - ‘Merrie Men of Sherwood Forest’ an operetta composed by W H Birch

“We’ll dance we’ll sing to the pipe and tabor
We’ll sing and dance neath the trysting tree”

Derbyshire Courier - Saturday 17 April 1880

1880 Congregational Schools Concert, St Helens; the first part
of the concert consisted of the ‘May Queen’ written in 1858.1880Runcorn Examiner - Saturday 18 December 1880


1881 poem 1881Woolwich Gazette - Saturday 13 August 1881

1881 Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Patience:

‘Once more enters the graceful procession,
to the sound of the pipe and tabor’

Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) - Monday 25 April 1881

1881 " The pipe and tabor, after contributing to the amusement of the people for centuries in a manner to ensure
them the admiration, if not of musicians, at least of all advocates of the ' greatest happiness ' principle, have at
length disappeared from among us, and left behind nothing but a name closely associated with the rural pastimes
of the country…”

In ‘notes’ made by Britten, James, 1846-1924 in a reprint of ‘Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme, 1686-87’

1881 poem ‘The Villa by the Sea’
“…Has he left his tuneful labour,
And his purpose unfulfill'd?
Mute be every pipe and tabour,
Now the minstrel's voice is still'd !...”

‘The villa by the sea, and other poems’ by Hedderwick, James, 1814-1897

1882 Gilbert, Iolanthe, first night (page 10)

"I'm very much pained to refuse,
But I'll stick to my pipes and my tabors;
I can spell all the words that I use,
And my grammar's as good as my neighbours".


1883 poem

“…Slaves, no more in bondage labour,
Cowering 'neath the British sabre,
Praise the God with pipe and tabor :…”

'Under the Pipal' by Dowding, Frederick Townley

1883 Poem 'Strawberry Time'1883 in Poems of the Household, by Margaret E Sangster
1884 poem 'The Roll-Call of the Ages'1884Justice - Saturday 02 August 1884
1884,Twelth Night was performed at the Lyceum Theatre, London, 1884reported in The Stage - Friday 11 July 1884
1884 poem ‘The Cry of the Girls’1884 Isle of Wight Observer - Saturday 04 October 1884
18841884Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News - Saturday 06 December 1884
1884 poem 1884Western Daily Press - Wednesday 24 December 1884  

In 1885, 'Cries of London, A History', the following is reported:

 "Holloway cheese-cakes" was once one of the London cries; they were sold by a man on horseback; and in
"A Drum's Entertainment," a Comedy, I600, in a random song, the festive character of this district is denoted:

"Skip it and trip it nimbly, nimbly,
Tickle it, tickle it, lustily,
Strike up the tabor for the wenches favour,
Tickle it, tickle it, lustily.
Let us be seene on Hygate-Greene,
To dance for the honour of Holloway.
Since we are come hither, let's spare for no leather,
To dance for the honour of Holloway."

1885 Comic sketches by Mr Corney Grain called ‘Election Notes’
at St Georges Hall1885London Evening Standard - Friday 13 November 1885


1885 poem under a satirical sketch of maypole dancers1885‘Puck’ 1885-04-29: Vol 17 Iss 425
1885 A Carol for Christmas1885Leicester Journal - Friday 25 December 1885

1886 poem 'A MISADVENTURE.'

Occurred at Little Malton, Sussex, in September 1881.

“..Proud in strength, his six days' labour
Finished, apt for sport and cheer,
At the call of pipe and tabor
Marched the gallant volunteer,…”

'The cithern; poems for recitation' by Gowing, Aylmer

1886 in a review of the play ' Bric a Brac':1886 quote11886 quote 2

1886 poem: 1886Civil & Military Gazette (Lahore, Pakistan) - Monday 26 April 1886
1886 story: 1886North Devon Journal - Thursday 10 June 1886

1887 poem ‘The Roll Call of the Ages’1887St. Christopher Gazette - Friday 04 March 1887
Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis

1887 poem 'Cavalier Lyrics' by  J.W. Ebsworth
“Voila Ma Vie"

To him who mildest toil seems play
Since well he loves his labour
Life gives continual holiday
While Time plays pipe and tabor ...”

Newcastle Courant - Friday 24 June 1887

1887 ‘Talkers Compared to Musical Instruments’1887Northern Weekly Gazette - Saturday 25 June 1887

1887 poem ‘Nothing to do’
“…How long shall now the minstrel pipe,
Or sing the song so old and true, "
The harvest for the sickle's ripe,
But, oh ! the labourers are few ? …”

‘Pictures in the fire and other thoughts : in rhyme and verse’
by Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Kohler Collection of British Poetry

1887 poem ‘Sunshine’
“…Shine out, bright sun, and make the whole earth glad ;
Let pipe and tabor sound the merry strain, —
Let no dull eye be seen, nor visage sad.
When fields are green.
Where ripens golden grain….”

‘Pictures in the fire and other thoughts : in rhyme and verse’
by Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Kohler Collection of British Poetry

1887 poem 'Sweet Peace'

“…Now young and old with merry hearts shall dwell,—
The pipe and tabor sound their simple strain, —
Full plenty teeming from the earth shall tell
That thou art come to claim thine own again….”

‘Pictures in the fire and other thoughts : in rhyme and verse’
by Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Kohler Collection of British Poetry

1887 poem ‘Under the Molash Yews’

“…Under the Molash Yews,
When Autumn fills the harvest-fields with labour, —
When Hop-grounds ring with mirth, till pipe and tabor
Sound in the early twilight through green lanes.
Where mothers homeward haste, counting their gains :
Soft fall the chilly dews,
Under our Molash Yews….”

‘Cavalier lyrics: for church and crown' by Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth

1887 poem

“…Who will, may foot it here with me :
Come, sound the pipe and tabor !
Welcome awaits and jollity
For stranger as for neighbour.
Fling politics aside, brave boys !.."
‘Cavalier lyrics: for church and crown' by Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth

1887 poem 1887‘The Collected Poems of Lionel Johnson’
1887 At Maidstone Assizes:1887Gloucester Citizen - Wednesday 26 October 1887
1888 ‘A Play Upon Local Surnames'1888Lowestoft Journal - Saturday 17 March 1888
18881888Gloucester Citizen - Thursday 01 March 1888 ‘Topic of the Day’

1888 poem

“…They sent for a fiddler , and piper to play ,
They danced and they sung , untill the break of day ,
Then Jack to his hammock with Betsy did go ,
While the fiddler and the piper played " Rosin, the beau ."

‘Sale of a Wife’ page 3 in ‘Modern Street Ballads’ by John Ashton

1888 story ‘The Outlaws of Tunstall Forest’ 1888Hampshire Telegraph - Saturday 16 June 1888
1888 story 'For Faith and Freedom'1888Illustrated London News - Saturday 21 July 1888
1888 story 1888‘For Faith and Reason ‘ by Walter Besant
1888 story 1888‘The Black Arrow A Tale of the Two Roses’ by Stevenson, Robert Louis,
“…Good drink thereto, the Gascon wine ;
Was-haile !
And then, whiles pipe and tabor ply,
The best of all, the shridded pie.
Drink-haile !...”

'Christmas Carillons, and other poems' by Ketchum, Annie Chambers

1889 comment on an Address to the Bloomsbury Rifles:1889Gloucester Citizen - Monday 18 February 1889

1889 essay

“…Because pastorals were sung too smoothly to pipe and tabour, we have too rashly concluded that
there is no song at all in the village better than the discordance of a drunken carol….”

The Woman's World’ vol II, ed Oscar Wilde, 1889

1889 Newspaper review of the life of Rossini, Italian composer: 1889Gloucester Journal - Saturday 07 September 1889
1889 Book review: 1889Gloucester Journal - Saturday 23 November 1889
1889 Chough Musical Society concert: 1889Sporting Life - Tuesday 22 January 1889
1890 story ‘Reviews and Magazines for April – King and Minister a Midnight Conversation’1890Home News for India, China and the Colonies - Friday 04 April 1890
1890 ‘Robin Hood or the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest’ presented by Grasmere Choral Society:1890Lakes Herald - Friday 04 April 1890
1891 Enfield Musical Society's concert included 'The May Queen':1891Middlesex Gazette - Saturday 11 April 1891

1891 poem for May 1st:

chorus1891 poemReynolds's Newspaper - Sunday 03 May 1891

18911891 poemYork Herald - Friday 06 March 1891

1891 from the Introduction:
“…we shall have courtly singers, like Lovelace
and Raleigh, and country pleasures of pipe 

‘Elizabethan songs "in honour of love and beautie,"
collected and illustrated by Edmund H. Garrett’

1891 ‘Special Double Acrostic’1891The Queen - Saturday 02 May 1891 1891 Christmas newspaper criticism:1891Empire News & The Umpire - Sunday 13 December 1891
1892 Henry VIII at the Lyceum Theatre1892Hendon & Finchley Times - Friday 19 February 1892
1892 Advertisement: ‘London’ by Walter Besant1892Truth - Thursday 15 September 1892

1892 commentary on ‘London’ by Walter Besant.
"... In the present volume his endeavour has been to present “pictures of the City of London—instantaneous photographs,
showing the streets, the buildings, and the citizens at work and at play….  the cheerful sound of pipe and tabor;..."

‘The Academy 1892-12-24: Vol 42 Iss 1077’

1892 ‘Original Sayings of Children’1892Newcastle Chronicle - Saturday 17 September 1892
1892 story regarding 16th century church: 1892Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 18 October 1892

1893 essay

“…How the peasant maidens would come tripping on the scene, and lure the men tenderly to the dance !
Where are the pipe and tabour that I have seen in so many pictures ; where the simple songs that I have
read about in so many poems…”

‘My Miscellanies’ by Collins, Wilkie

1894 story 'Westminster' by Walter Besant

chapter III
“…There were taverns without the Palace precincts where
the noise of singing never ceased. There was the clashing
of weapons; there were the profane oaths of the soldiers ;
there was the blare of trumpets ; there were the pipe
and tabor
of the minstrels and the jesters… what he heard
—and it filled his heart with yearnings indescribable
—was the sound of pipe and tabor… "

The Pall Mall Magazine 1894-11: Vol 4 Iss 19

1894 poem ‘Epilogue’

“…And thus adorned she hies to the dance,
Where pipe and tabor sweetly are sounding ;
Or to the trysting hawthorn,
Where the voice of her sweetheart is music yet sweeter
Than pipe e'en or tabor.”

‘A Century of German lyrics’ by  Freiligrath-Kroeker, Kate

1895 review of ‘Much Ado about Nothing performed by the Athenaeum Club ‘ London 1895Norwood News - Saturday 18 May 1895
1895 ‘Topics of the Day’1895Gloucester Citizen - Thursday 28 March 1895
1895 poem ‘The Farmer’s Family’ 1895East Anglian Daily Times - Wednesday 16 October 1895
1896 poem in the newspaper after a discussion regarding amateur/professional sportspeople: 1896 poemClarion - Saturday 11 January 1896
1896 ‘The Birmingham Trilby’ 1896Truth - Thursday 16 April 1896
1896 story 1896Southern Reporter - Thursday 16 July 1896

1896 story

“… they went afoot crowned with flowers, and the
pipe and tabour playing before them, and much
people brought them on the way….”

‘The Well at the World's End’ by Morris, William

1896 commentary on politics: ‘The Congress’1896Clarion - Saturday 08 August 1896
1896 political poem 1896Globe - Monday 03 August 1896

1896 story

“…There—where that patch of yellow-green grass crept out from the withered oak, I would have a party of dancers tripping it to pipe and tabour;…”

‘The Story Hunter Or Tales Of The Weird And Wild’
by Ernest Richard Suffling


1896 Christmas poem ‘Christmas Carillons’ 1896Leeds Times - Saturday 12 December 1896

1896 poem ‘In Praise of Picnics’

“…He, the faun of pipe and tabour.
Innocent of earthly labour ;
She, the nymph, his willing neighbour
For one golden afternoon….”

'The ways of the world. Vers de sociéte' by Dick, Cotsford

1897 ‘Song for Labour Day’1897Justice - Saturday 01 May 1897

1897 poem

‘The Argument’
“…Pericles tried them out and in,
But he could never play in time;
And try'd, when it was all lost labour,
To rival him with pipe and tabour;…”

‘Makarony Fables: Fables for Grown Gentlemen’ by John Hall-Stevenson

1897 ‘The I.L.P.’1897Hull Daily News - Thursday 11 February 1897

1897 poem

“…Without a pipe and tabor
They only mean to labor
To teach each oxhead neighbor.
This is the cause and reason,
At every time and season,
That plays are worse than treason.”

‘The Theatre’ 1897-03: Vol 29

1897 The Tempest at Steinway Hall, London ‘The tabor and pipes were also employed.’
The Stage - Thursday 10 June 1897

1897London Evening Standard - Saturday 05 June 1897

1897Act 3, Scene 2 from William Poel's production of The Termpest.
He was an early advocate of attempts to perform Shakespeare
'authentically' without elaborate scenic effects. The pipe and tabor
Ariel plays were in fact a mock-up, and the music was played on a tin whistle.
1890's Island Christmas Carol
(A Christmas Carol from the Isle of Wight)
Forward pipe and tabor go
Voicing harmless folly
Holly red and mistletoe
Mistletoe and holly.

Collected / Transcribed P Stone 1890s
unknownunknownquoted in History of the Violin - William Sandys, ‎Simon Andrew Forster · 2006 page 133
1898 poem 'Belshazzar's Feast '

“…Meanwhile twas wonderful to hear
The music of the minstrel quire,
On dulcimer, harp, sackbut, lute,
Pipe, tabor, sawtry, horn, and flute :
The goblets clink, the palace doth ring
With shout and cheer, “ Long live the King.”;…”

‘Legends of the saints’ by Woodward, George Ratcliffe


“…In stature all were tall, and strong :
No weakling, none in all that throng ;
And to the sound of musick gay,
Ionian, the sooth to say,
With pipe and tabour, flute and drum,
In serried ranks they onward come….”

‘Legends of the saints’ by Woodward, George Ratcliffe

1899 poem ‘Voices of Earth and Heaven'

“… Then fill the time with jollity,
Waste no moment rare,
Not an hour to spare,  
Live and love and feast and sing and play
Nay,'' cry other voices,
Not for this "Should be thy labor.
Pipe and tabor,
Songs and merry dance put thou away.
" They are evil. "
'Tis the devil…”

by Bradbury, Harriet B. (Harriet Bowker)

1899 poem 'The Others' 1899'Milestones [microform] : a collection of verses' by Bannerman, Frances

'Pipe and tabor' were sometimes used as titles to romantic poetry, tunes and songs:

1826 The Merry Pipe and Tabor, by A Lee

1835 Batchelar's Pipe and Tabor; A Choice Collection of Rural Songs

1838 With Pipe and Tabor: Junior Classroom Plays

1852: White Magic a two-act comic opera at the Haymarket Theatre, reviewed in the Illustrated London News
 - Saturday 20 March
“The chorus ‘Let pipe and tabor’ with its double subjects, is ingenious and effective...”

1858 at a concert in Dublin, Republic of Ireland:1858 song

1872 "We'll dance, we'll sing to the Pipe and Tabor", from Robin Hood

1875 Pipe and Tabor, a polka, by Dufresne,

1877 during ‘May Day Celebration at Knutsford’the song ‘Come Sound the Merry Tabor’ was sung by children

'1878 Tabor Melodies' a book of Canadian poetry, published in Toronto

1889 song  ‘The Pipe and Tabor

1892 the New York Times , a notice under literary notes: "a volume of poems
by W. J. Henderson under the title of " Pipe and Tabor. ...will soon be published"

1893 ‘New Music The Leadenhall Press – Seven Songs to Sing’
“Very funny and humorous are the words of ‘The Pipe and Tabor’ composed by J L Roeckel 1893Birmingham Daily Post - Monday 14 August 1893

1894 Review of new songs ‘Pretty songs for Popular Purposes’
“For baritones and basses the following are excellent:
‘‘Pipe and Tabor” (Roeckel), a very jolly song;…”
Minim 1894-11: Vol 2 Iss 14

1897 wrote: 'With Pipe and Tabor' by Grace B Stuart (born c.1854-?)
1897Sheffield Independent - Friday 21 May 1897

1897Perthshire Advertiser - Friday 28 May 1897

1899 Sound the Pipe and Tabor by Karel Beudl,

Pipe and Tabor by Barri (organ music)

1904 Sound Up the Pipe and Tabor, Peppercorn for choir

1923 Pipe and Tabor by Roger Quilter, a piano solo,



The pipe and tabor were often used to recall the romance of the past in images and the written word:

1827 poem:1827 poem

18341834 romantic song

1834 The birds are all singing - a Duet (Upton)

"He Sweetly, sweetly, the birds are all singing
She - Merrily, Merrily, the bells are all ringing
While the pipe and tabor in harmony play,
He - For Edward and Phillis are married today."

1840's story 1840's story  
1842 poem


"Who thinks Hugues wrote for the deaf,
Proved a mere mountain in labour?
Better submit; try again; what's the clef?
'Faith, 'tis no trifle for pipe and for tabor---
Four flats, the minor in F."

Robert Browning: 'Dramatic Lyrics'

1844 Political report: 1844 quote

1846 poem 1846‘Pleasures of homes : Domestic scenes and affections circle round the hearth’ by Farquharson, Stuart


"leafless trees, has a music of its own — a music that sets the spirit within us dancing, 
as surely as the sound of pipe and tabor."

1853 story

“…shepherds and shepherdesses, where innocence is crowned with a garland of the freshest flowers of the field,
and honesty jogs merrily along, enjoying the pleasant minstrelsy of the pipe and tabour…."

‘The Youth of Shakspeare’ by Williams, Robert Folkestone, chapter XVI


"But rude hands rent the vail in twain, 
And rushing in, a motley crew
Profaned the sacred, golden fane,
And as the orgies louder grew,
The footstep of the past withdrew.
And festive rites beneath the moon
Were held, and like to concords sweet,
The pipe and tabor played in tune,
And round and round the jewelled feet
Of dancing girls the marbles beat;"

'Judith and other poems' Castle Bulding


"Ring, ring, village bells,
Cheerily, cheerily!
In their best
All are dressed,
Hastening to the green.
Merrily, merrily !
Sound the pipe and tabor,
Twinkling feet
Measures beat,
Garlands crown the queen".


1863 reporting on the Prince of Wales wedding celebrations in a Dorset village:

pipe and tabor would have matched the dark rafters better
[than the fiddle and tambourine that were actually there] .....”

Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday 19 March 1863

1889 poem

“…When the fierce light makes the far hills unseen,
And the river fades into a silver mist,
By one more gentle than her lambs to loll.
By the water-side, upon a wooded knoll !
To dance to pipe and tabour on the green….”

'Love-Sonnets' by Barlas, John Evelyn

1887 song: 1887Buckingham Express - Saturday 08 October 1887
1888 Said to come from Poor Robin’s Almanac of 1695 – ‘So Now is come our Joyful Feast’1888Denton and Haughton Examiner - Saturday 22 December 1888

1892 Henry VIII at the Lyceum Theatre, London
Mr Irving has arranged that “a band of fantastically attired Mummers, with pipe and tabor, press through the throng”

as reported in the Hendon & Finchley Times - Friday 19 February 1892

1893 song 'Village Scenes – The Village Green'

“…As hand in hand
A mirthful band
They trip it in a ring
With a hey and a ho,
In and out they go,
Every lad has a lass for his neighbour ;
With a ho and a hey,
While the green is gay,
With the music of pipe and tabor …”

[music here]

'Village Scenes' by Cowen, Frederic Hymen

Shakespeares singing fairiesShakespear's singing fairies; A Midsummer
Nights Dream Act Two Scene Two.©SBT

1890's Christmas song 'Holly Red and Mistletoe'

(A Christmas Carol from the Isle of Wight)

Refrain: “…Forward pipe and tabor go
Voicing harmless folly
Holly red and mistletoe
Mistletoe and holly….”

1895 ‘Happy Arcadia' written by W S Gilbert at St George's Hall , review: 1895The Stage - Thursday 18 July 1895

1898 At Dalys Theatre, London :
'A Greek Slave A Musical Comedy in Two Acts'

"Opening Chorus:  .. 

Though delaying
From our labour,
We must soon awake,
Touching, playing,
Pipe and tabor,
For our master's sake."

1898 poem

“…As the blood curdles with a sudden chill
Caught from some troubled spirit wandering by,
In some gay group when pipe and tabor thrill
Their souls with music's winsome witchery…”

'The incarnation : and other poems' by Hacon, Henry

1902 poem by a Panama-ist, in London Truth:1902Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Friday 5 September 1902 - Page 2

1905 Dorset, Sherborne Pageant:
“ a rustic musician, perched on a barrel, keeps time with pipe and tabor to the old English melody
sung by a Dramatic Chorus in Lincoln green”

1907 a play

“Robert Smyth ... accusing the vicar of being a companion of tipplers and fooling away his time
with pipe and tabor, and finally bringing an accusation against him, on account of which the poor
man was cited before the High Commission Court. The charge came to nothing”

'The Parish Clerk' (1907) Ditchfield, P. H.



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