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The Water Song of Dinas Vawr | 30-May-06

A spoof of 'The War Song of Dinas Vawr' (poem by Thomas Love Peacock, 1785-1886). Spoof is about hikers bathing in mountain streams. The first couple of lines read as follows:

"The mountain streams are sweeter,
But the valley streams are warmer.
We therefore deemed it meeter
to [...] the former."

Our enquirer read the poem at secondary school in the 60s - first they studied the War Song, and then their teacher surprised them with the Water Song.

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Do you know this poem? Do you have any clues to help us find it?


Frank Sidgwick in The Mercury Book of Verse
Susanne Woodman

Thank you to Susanne Woodman who has recognised this poem as being by Frank Sidgwick. It is on p240-241 of 'The Mercury book of verse : being a selection of poems published in The London Mercury, 1919-1930', Macmillan, 1931. It actually begins:

"The mountain stream is colder
And the valley stream is warmer;
We therefore felt the bolder
For bathing in the former"
Poetry Library

The poem is called "The War Song of Dinas Vawr" It starts:-
The mountain sheep are sweeter
But the valley sheep are fatter
We therefor deemed it meeter
To carry off the latter
I forget the author's name. I had to learn this poem in about1953. I never thought I would have occasion to use it!
Se?n Karley
Se? Karley

Poems of Six Centuries, compiled by Gwyn Jones, pub: Rivingtons, London, 1936 I had this book at School in c.1943
3rd & 4th lines are:
We therefore felt the bolder
For bathing in the former:
John Bush

The War Song of Dinas Vawr" is by Thomas Love Peacock and comes from his novel "The Misfortunes of Elphin"
Anne Hardwick

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