Be not frightened by our fashion, though we seem a tattered nation
We account our rags our riches, so our tricks exceed our stitches
This song is traditionally called 'The Gipsies Song' , and was published in Playford's 'Musical Companion' in 1673, and reprinted in Jewitt’s ‘Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire’ of 1867. “The Devil’s Arse” is the traditional name of Peak Cavern in Castleton.
From the famous Peak of Derby
And the Devil’s Arse that’s hard by
Where we yearly make our musters
There the gypsies throng in clusters
Be not frightened by our fashion
Though we seem a tattered nation
We account our rags our riches
So our tricks exceed our stitches
Give us bacon, rinds of walnuts,
Shells of cockles, and of small nuts.
Ribonds, bells, and saffron linnin
And all the World is ours to win in