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THE TWICKENHAM AIR, by            
First Line: Marlborough and brasenose
Last Line: Wellington and clare!
Subject(s): Twickenham, England


Marlborough and Brasenose,
Wellington and Clare—
Every lad who plays knows
Who s' en va-t-en guerre.
Got the names by heart now—
Colleges and all?
Come, they're going to start now;
See, they're on the ball!

Either side may well win:
Both are fine fifteens—.
Cheltenham and Selwyn,
Uppingham and Queen's,
Merchiston and Trinity,
Haileybury and King's—
Each finds its affinity,
Forwards, backs, and wings.

How the names do please us
Youngsters one and all—
Pontypool and Jesus,
Tonbridge and the Hall!
Hearts were aye in tune if
They were all like these—
Gloucester Crypt and Univ.,
Giggleswick and Caius!

Every greybeard feeble
Is a boy the nonce:
Canterbury and Keble,
Sedbergh and St. John's!
Every lad who plays knows
How to hum the air:
Marlborough and Brasenose,
Wellington and Clare!





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