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.


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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