from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The awn or chaff from hemp or flax.
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Reply to this comment » richie bullen (slough) says:
'Overtures from Richmond,' set to the quaint air of '_Lilliburlero, bullen a la_,' which is said to have 'sung a deluded prince out of three kingdoms.'
Araund the woman her lile ans sprawl'd on the hearth, some whiting speals, some snottering and crying, and ya ruddy-cheek'd lad threw on a bullen to make a loww, for its mother to find her loup.
Toby was always humming, 'Lillibullero bullen-a-lah,' but which Percy attributes to the Marquis of Wharton, another member of the Kit-kat, was said to have been written by Buckhurst.
The tune is Lilli burlero, and the song is sung as follows: - the first line of each verse is given as a solo; then the tune is continued by a chorus of whistlers, who whistle that portion of the air which in Lilli burlero would be sung to the words, Lilli burlero bullen a la.