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These new recordings have been commissioned by Pendle Radicals, in partnership with the Finding Ethel project, and made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Pendle Radicals is a part of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership.

Faith

Most earnestly and truly I believe

The human heart is beautiful and good:
Though poisonous weeds upgrow within its clefts

As nightshade grows within the verdant wood.
There are soft streams that flow with gentle sound,

And pearly sprays of blossom — and the grove
Is flooded with the music of sweet birds —

So o'er its dark emotions triumphs love.
Let me keep clear unto the end of life

My faith in sweet humanity's fair flower ;
Old age, that sits with all its glamour gone.

Cynical, cold, and infidel and sour


from Songs of a Factory Girl (London: Headley Brothers, 1911), © Ethel Carnie Holdsworth 1911, used by permission of the copyright holder Helen Brown.

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