Nestled in the Pennine Hills,
Land of dark satanic mills,
From (Hell, Hull and) Halifax
Good Lord deliver us!
â€śHoly Hairâ€ť or â€śHoly Faceâ€ť,
Nothing holy about the place,
But high and mighty to be sure
For those who stole they had the cure!
â€śAt Halifax, the Law so sharp doth deale,
That whoso more than 13 pence doth steale,
They have a jyn that wondrous quicke and well
Sends thieves all headless unto â€¦ Hellâ€ť
â€śThe Gibbetâ€ť was a mean machine,
An early form of guillotine,
Lead blade unsharpened of such weight
Its weight aloneâ€™d decapitate!
A town with â€śHolyâ€ť in its name
Should have a greater claim to fame!
Â© Rowland Hill
Picture 10027929, reproduction of an engravingÂ by Wenceslaus Hollar, 1650, image copyright Mary Evans
Rowland Hill is aÂ retired charity accountant. For many years he hasÂ written lyrical verse to celebrate birthdays, weddings, etc of family, colleagues and friends. Occasionally he hasÂ attempted to write more serious poetry, much more so since heÂ began attending â€śPoetry with Friendsâ€ť events run by Gail Curry and Elaine Cusack, and the Happy Planet Creative Arts of which they are Directors. He isÂ very interested in the works of Ted Hughes. Recently published items can be found atÂ rowlandpaulhill.wordpress.com