The Town Meeting Singers (and players) were back this year with a rendition of "Fair Tamworth," penned by John Finley, Sr., and set to the tune of "Fair Harvard."Fair Tamworth Fair Tamworth, the fairest and dearest of vales That the Mountains of Hampshire enfold Of all the fair Daughters that Earth has to give I chose thee to have and to hold. From Ossipee’s brow and Chocorua’s crown To the Swift river sole of thy foot, Thy charms are surpassing for Tamworth in thee The best of the world has been put. But never, O never, shall they be compared To the Beauty and Charm that are thine Though others the ocean or prairie may choose Let Tamworth, fair Tamworth be mine. And when from thy Presence I journey abroad To the seashore, the city, or plain, I long day and night for the sight of thy face For thy woods and thy meadows again. The sound of thy waters is still in my ears Though far from the Bearcamp I roam; The winds sing soft music from valley to hill And welcome me back to my Home.
By John H. Finley Sr.