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 Ringing the Changes.Ringleader. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ringing Island.
The Church of Rome. It is an island because it is isolated or cut off from the world. It is a ringing island because bells are incessantly ringing: at matin and vespers, at mass and at sermon-time, at noon, vigils, eves, and so on. It is entered only after four days’ fasting, without which none in the Romish Church enter holy orders.   1

 Ringing the Changes.Ringleader. 


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