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TRELAWNY

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I have been asked on numerous occasions about the Cornish National Anthem, the Cornish Flag, etc.  The Cornish flag is a bit of a problem because officially it is the one above left but many Cornish prefer to use the flag of St. Piran above right.  With regards to the Cornish national anthem there isn't an official one but most Cornish look upon  Trelawny as their national anthem.  The words can be found below.  If you need further information go to the Trelawny's Army site at http://www.trelawnys-army.org.uk where you can hear a choir singing it if you have the RealAudio plugin.

The 'National Anthem' of Corwall

A good sword and a trusty hand!
A merry heart and true!
King James's men shall understand
What Cornish lads can do!

And have they fixed the where and when?
And shall Trelawny die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!

Chorus:
And shall Trelawny live?
And shall Trelawny die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!

Out spake their Captain brave and bold:
A merry wight was he:
'If London Tower were Michael's hold,
We'd set Trelawny free!

'We'll cross the Tamar, land to land:
The Severn is no stay:
With "one and all," and hand in hand;
And who shall bid us nay?

Chorus:
And shall Trelawny live? , etc.

'And when we come to London Wall,
A pleasant sight to view,
Come forth!  come forth! ye cowards all:
Here's men as good as you.

'Trelawny he's in keep and hold;
Trelawny he may die:
But twenty thousand Cornish bold
Will know the reason why!'

Chorus:
And shall Trelawny live? , etc.

 
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