Edward Hunt's Forest of Dean Miscellany

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Battle Hymn of the Dean



The last time there was a threat to the Forest back in 1993, the Review worked with Foresters to raise a petition to "Save our Forest".

To the eternal credit of Foresters more than 9,000 signatures were raised - a margin enough to defeat all but the very safest MP in Parliament.

The strength of feeling was such that along with a petition, a Battle Hymn of the Dean was composed by Lily Dunn.

It's done to the music of "John Brown's Body . . . hum it or sing it; we might need it very soon.

(Forest & Wye Valley Review - 29th October 2010)



We'll fight to save our Forest -

Yes, we'll fight to save the Dean.

We can't believe you're serious,

Or that you could be so mean.

Perhaps you'll have another think

Before you cause a scene.

'Cause our fight will still go on . . .



Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

We all think thus want thee yuds read

If you privatise the Dean.



Our granchers walked the Forest paths

To dig the Forest coal,

Our bands and choirs still do their bit,

They play their precious role.

Their song "The beautiful Forest of Dean,"

Must surely touch your soul,

So our fight will still go on.



Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

We all think thus want thee yuds read

If you privatise the Dean.



There's Blackpool Brook and Mallard's Pike

And Cannop Ponds to cap

Bluebell carpets, cuckoo calls,

And the woodpecker's tap-tap.

A sacred place for all to share,

Not just a dot on the map,

So our fight will still go on.



Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

We all think thus want thee yuds read

If you privatise the Dean.



Our lovely trees and forest walks,

The finest in the land,

Our heritage is dear to us,

Why can't you understand?

For now you want to sell it,

Just to get some "cash in hand,"

So our fight will still go on.



Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

We all think thus want thee yuds read

If you privatise the Dean.



We've always loved our Forest,

And our children love it too.

The stately foxgloves bow their heads,

They are surprised at you.

Why should so many things be changed

By the whim of just a few?

So our fight will still go on.



Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

Kip the mawlers off our Forest,

We all think thus want thee yuds read

If you privatise the Dean.

 
                "Battle Hymn of the Dean"
                Lily Dunn
                1993















Edward Hunt