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Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing Wherein is laid down plain and easie Rules for Ringing all sorts of Plain Changes   By:

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Wherein Is laid down plain and easie Rules for Ringing all sorts of Plain Changes .

Together with Directions for Pricking and Ringing all Cross Peals ; with a full Discovery of the Mystery and Grounds of each Peal.

As Also Instructions for Hanging of Bells , with all things belonging thereunto.

by a Lover of that ART.

A. Persii Sat. V. Disce: sed ira cadat naso, rugosaque sanna,

LONDON, Printed for F.S. and are to be Sold by Tho. Archer , at his Shop under the Dyal of St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet street , 1671.



I have seen a Treatise intituled, de Tintinnabulis that is, of little Bells, the Language Latin, but pen'd by a Dutchman , being a Discourse of striking tunes on little Bells with traps under the feet, with several Books on several Instruments of Music, and Tunes prick't for the same; Then considering that the Well wishers to either of them, took great pains to make plain the use of them, I thought it worth a Dayes labour, to write something on this Art or Science, that the Rules thereof might not be lost and obscured to some, as the Chronicles before William the Conqueror, being given only by Tradition from Father to Son. Wherefore I humbly intreat you favourably to accept this small Treatise, as a foundation whereon may be raised a famous Structure; and if any one objects a fault, excuse it with the Ringing term He was Over bell'd So you will much oblige him that is a Well wisher to your Recreation,


On the Ingenious Art of RINGING.

What Musick is there that compar'd may be To well tun'd Bells enchanting melody! Breaking with their sweet sound the willing Air, And in the listning ear the Soul ensnare; The ravisht Air such pleasure loth to lose, With thousand Echoes still prolongs each close; And gliding streams which in the Vallies trills, Assists its speed unto the neighbouring Hills; Where in the rocks & caves, with hollow gounds, The warbling lightsome Element rebounds. This for the Musick: In the Action's Health, And every Bell is a Wit's Common wealth For here by them we plainly may discern, How that Civility we are to learn. The Treble to the Tenor doth give place, And goes before him for the better grace: But when they chance to change, 'tis as a dance, They foot A Galliard, à la mode de France . An Eighteenscore's a figure dance, but Grandsire Hath the Jig steps! & Tendrings Peal doth answer The manner of Corants : A plain Six score, Is like a Saraband , the motion slower. When Bells Ring round, and in their Order be, They do denote how Neighbours should agree; But if they Clam, the harsh sound spoils the sport, And 'tis like Women keeping Dover Court For when all talk, there's none can lend an ear The others story, and her own to hear; But pull and hall, straining for to sputter What they can hardly afford time to utter. Like as a valiant Captain in the Field, By his Conduct, doth make the Foe to yield; Ev'n so, the leading Bell keeping true time, The rest do follow, none commits a Crime: But if one Souldier runs, perhaps a Troop Seeing him gone, their hearts begin to droop; Ev'n so the fault of one Bell spoils a Ring, (And now my Pegasus has taken Wing.)

Upon the Presentation of GRANDSIRE BOB To the COLLEDGE YOUTHS, By the AUTHOR of that PEAL.

Gentlemen of the Noble Crew Of Colledge Youths , there lately blew A wind, which to my Noddle flew (upon a day when as it Snew;) Which to my Brains the Vapors drew And there began to work and brew, 'Till in my Pericranium grew Conundrums , how some Peal that's New Might be compos'd? and to pursue These thoughts (which did so whet and hew My flat Invention) and to shew What might be done, I strait withdrew Myself to ponder whence did accrue This Grandsire Bob , which unto you I Dedicate, as being due Most properly; for there's but few Besides, so ready at their Q (Especially at the first View) To apprehend a thing that's New; Though they'l pretend, and make a shew, As if the intricat'st they knew; What Bob doth mean, and Grandsire True , And read the course without a Clue Of this new Peal: Yet though they screw Their shallow Brains, they'l ne're unglue The Method on't (and I'm a Jew) If I don't think this to be true, They see no more on't than blind Hugh ... Continue reading book >>

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