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Page:Folk-lore - A Quarterly Review. Volume 8, 1897.djvu/354

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Some Oxfordshire Seasonal Festivals.
(a) The frame, a broad ring of wood or metal, over which is stretched
(b) The parchment, the edges of which are sewn to rings of whalebone which fit closely to the frame ;
(c) Two narrow rings of wood which fit down over the parchment and keep it stretched tight over the frame. These rings are fastened together by an endless tape crossing in zig-zags from side to side through holes pierced in the rings. This tape can be tightened or loosened at will ;
(d) A band of horse-hair which passes across one of the parchment surfaces in order to increase the vibration. It can be tightened by means of a peg fixed in the side of the frame.

The tabour stick is about nine inches long. It has a very large knob for holding in the hand, and a small knob for beating the tabour.

The pipe was played with the left hand. The tabour was slung from the thumb of the left hand, which was employed in thumbing the pipe, and was beaten with the right hand.

Words and airs of the Bampton Morris-Songs.

First dance, to the tune of "Green Garters"

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First for the stockings, and then for the shoes
And then for the bonny green garters ;
A pair for me, and a pair for you,
And a pair for they that comes arter.