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There are several old ballads about cockfighting still extant, as " The Wednes-bury Cocking," in the Douce Collection, commencing— " At Wednesbury there was a cocking, A match between Newton and Scrogging, The colliers and nailers left their work, And all to Spittles went jogging,
To see this noble sport. Many noted men there resorted,
And though they'd but little money, Yet that they freely sported," &c. Hathersage"is situated in the midst of a mountainous tract of country near the eastern extremity of Hope Dale. The churchyard is the reputed burial-place of Little John, the companion of Kobin Hood.
I received but one stanza of the ballad from Mr. Ward, and have not found it in print.
This tune is still current in three different "shapes. The first as 0 good ale, thou art my darling; the second to a song about Turpin, the highwayman; and the third to the above song about cock-fighting. They differ so much at the beginnings and endings that it is necessary to treat them as separate tunes.
The following is the song of 0 good ale, thou art my darling, from a broadside with music. The first part of this version resembles John, come kiss me now (ante p. 148).

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