Poems about Tring


Tring, Wing and Ivinghoe
Three dirty villages all in a row,
And never without a rogue or two.
Would you know the reason why?
Leighton Buzzard is hard by.

from Old Tales of Hertfordshire

The placename Tring is easy to rhyme - and is beloved of Limerick Writers.

The Book of Nonsense

Edward Lear (1812-1888)

There was an old person of Tring
Who embellished his nose with a ring;
He gazed at the moon
Every evening in June,
That ecstatic old person of Tring.

The Limerick Series  

There was a young grocer of Tring,
Who tied down a cheese with some string;
      "Otherwise," muttered he,
      "It is likely to flee,
For it hums like a bee on the wing

Postcard by Kyd from early 1900s


[Modern food hygiene laws mean that cheese infested with cheese mites is now condemned as unfit for human consumption. My father used to say he preferred the taste of a "lively" cheese.]

Wendy Austin's book, The Tring Collection, contains poems about Tring, or by Tring Poets under the headings Life in Tring; Railway and Canal; The Tring Poet (Gerald Massey); Pastimes; Cricket' Military; Villages and Countryside; Tring Park; Why?; High Society; Epitaphs.

A frisky young lady from Tring
Said "I'm really game for a fling,
      We'll wait until dark,

      Go up to Tring Park,
And see what the moonlight will bring."

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