England is a ringing island.

Fuller says that it is so called by foreigners, as having more bells in number, greater in size, and better tuned bells, than any other country in Europe, Italy not excepted; although Nola, the place where bells are said to have been first invented and made, and whence they took their name, is in that country. Whether these assertions are strictly true, is a subject to be discussed by the Society of College Youths.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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When our Lady falls in our Lord’s lap
When Hemp is spun
When the black fleet of Norway is come and gone
England is a ringing island

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