The Cornish Pasty

The Tin Miner's Pasty

The Cornishmen talk of the pasty
An awful long way from here,
I'll tell you one story of many
If you'd like to put down your beer.

The miners for years ate cold butties
For many, yes many a year,
Until the good wife of a miner
Decided to make pasty 'ear.

Mind you the idea of cold 'teddy-oggy'
Way down the mine daily you see,
Was alright if your tummies were hardened
By years of sipping cold tea!

Tea's a great English tradition
But Cornishmen didn't have flasks.
The only hot thing for the miner
Was the sweat from the toil of their graft.

The wife of a certain tin miner
Decided one day just to bake
A meal in a pastry hard jacket,
'N drop it hot down the shaft,
Him to take.

The trial though right in its idea
Did not quite hit on the mark.
'Cause when dropped from the top of the mine-shaft
Missed its miner and was lost in the dark.

Again that lady experimented
And again and again and some more.
Until she happened to perfect
That tuneful pasty by air!

The secret was not in the baking,
But its shape that gives it the noise.
It was found that below ground that a pasty
Could if right be caught by the boys.

The boat shape of a pasty say sea-men
Comes from using some pilchards and cream.
The truth the crimp all along it
Yes a dropped pasty if right it can scream!

However I know you don't believe it
'Bout the whistle a pasty can make.
It can tell a man of its close position,
And of course its just hot from the bake.

So next time you eat Cornish Pasty
Have a thought for that good miner's wife.
She gave those tin miner's their dinner
Always hot throughout their hardworking life.

……..recipe and other pasty poems followed......
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Submitted on July 13, 2019

Modified on April 16, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,628
Words 322
Stanzas 13
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1

Christopher Webster

Born 1942 Lived in Cornwall England for over 20 years, wrote poetry about Cornwall. Later worked in London until emigrated to Australia 1984. Continued working as a nurse and poet. "Cornish Pasty Book" originally handwritten with sketches and gave five "original" recipes of pasties and the circumstances that led to their successful making. The author wrote and had several home-made poetry books on various subjects from love, life and caring, made and sold privately. Just a few published. after 2002. Still writing and living in NSW Australia. more…

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  • Christopher Summer
    Christopher Summer
    The birth of the Pasty Book over 50 years ago contains several recipies of the original Pasty and its colourful history. Yes, much time has slipped past since my early studies in Cornwall. I have made Pasty's and checked out the recepies myself and have been informed by keen cooks that they do work still to this day. The birth date of the Original Pasty is unknown, but some of the research in the book would sugest several hundred years at least! 
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