When the coronation was, us ’ad a vine gurt meetin’ sure nuff, an’ when come to the finish, Squire said us shid zing “God zave the King,” an’ I shidden be ’tarl s’prised if the King didden yer’s up to Linnon, vor us med noize ’nuff.
Squire ’e started pin wan noat an’ us aul volleyed pin the noat wat suited as bes’. Turney zinged counter-tenor an’ Maister putt een the baze an’ I tull ’e it zound mos’ butivul.
Weel Brewer wiz done vust, but ’e leff out a cupple o’ lines in the middle zo that gid ’e a onfair advantige. But I will my that vor’n, ’e went back an’ zinged the las’ two lines auver agean to make up vor’t. But ’e orwiz wid ’ave it ’e finished vust. Turney Gurney come in second an’ Maister ’e was a long ways be’ind all the rest witch ’e zed was to be ’counted vor, ’cuz it took ’e sitch a long while to reach all down to ees baze noats.
But us zinged en butivul, wi’ aul our art-an-zaul. Zounded jis like thinder. Squire zed as us zinged en zo wull, us shid zing en agean. Zo us did, an’ thees time Turney bate Weel aizy—finished avore Weel started the las’ line.
Then us all went oam.
"The coronation of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark as King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions took place at Westminster Abbey, London, on 9 August 1902."Wikipedia
This should date the story, BUT I have not found any version of this story in the newspaper at or near this date, The coronation story found in the Devon and Exeter Gazette" for the 15th August entitled "How the Coronation was celebrated at Muddlecombe" deals only with races and games played on the day: no meeting of the society.There had been more celebrations for the earlier cancelled coronation! leibowitz
There is no equivalent in the third edition to "How They Sang 'God Save The King.'”