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NORTHERN FARMER

OLD STYLE

I

WHEER 'asta beän saw long and meä liggin' 'ere aloän?

Noorse thourt nowt o' a noorse: whoy, Doctor's abeän an' agoän :

Says that I moänt 'a naw moor aäle: but I beänt a fool :

Git ma my aäle, fur I beänt a-gawin' to breäk my rule.

II

Doctors, they knaws nowt, fur a says what's nawways true:

Naw soort o' koind o' use to saäy the things that

a do.

I've 'ed my point o' aäle ivry noight sin' I beän

'ere.

An' I've 'ed my quart ivry market-noight for

foorty year.

III

Parson's a beän loikewoise, an' a sittin' 'ere o' my bed.

'The amoighty's a taäkin o' you' to 'issén, my friend,' a said,

An' a towd ma my sins, an's toithe were due, an' I gied it in hond;

I done moy duty boy 'um, as I 'a done boy the lond.

IV

Larn'd a ma' beä. I reckons I 'annot sa mooch to

larn.

But a cast oop, thot a did, 'bout Bessy Marris's

barne.

Thaw a knaws I hallus voäted wi' Squoire an' choorch an' staäte,

An' i' the woost o' toimes I wur niver agin the

raäte.

V

An' I hallus coom'd to 's chooch afoor moy Sally wur deäd,

An' 'eärd 'um a bummin' awaäy loike a buzzardclock ower my 'eäd,

2

1

ou as in hour.

2 Cockchafer.

An' I niver knaw'd whot a meän'd but I thowt a 'ad summut to saäy,

An' I thowt a said whot a owt to 'a said an' I coom'd awaäy.

VI

Bessy Marris's barne! tha knaws she laäid it to

meä.

Mowt a beän, mayhap, for she wur a bad un,

sheä.

'Siver, I kep 'um, I kep 'um, my lass, tha mun understond;

I done moy duty boy 'um as I 'a done boy the lond.

VII

But Parson a cooms an' a goäs, an' a says it eäsy an' freeä

'The amoighty's a taäkin o' you to 'issén, my friend,' says 'eä.

I weänt saaäy men be loiars, thaw summun said

it in 'aäste :

But 'e reäds wonn sarmin a weeäk, an' I 'a stubb'd Thurnaby waäste.

VIII

D'ya moind the waäste, my lass? naw, naw, tha was not born then ;

Theer wur a boggle in it, I often 'eärd 'um mysen;

Moäst loike a butter-bump,' fur I 'eärd 'um about an' about,

But I stubb'd 'um oop wi' the lot, an' raäved an' rembled 'um out.

IX

Keäper's it wur; fo' they fun 'um theer a-laäid of 'is faäce

Down i' the woild 'enemies 2 afoor I coom'd to the plaäce.

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Noäks or Thimbleby-toäner 'ed shot 'um as deäd as a naäil.

Noäks wur'ang'd for it oop at 'soize—but git ma my aäle.

X

Dubbut looök at the waäste: theer warn't not feeäd for a cow;

Nowt at all but bracken an' fuzz, an' looök at it

now

1 Bittern.

2 Anemones.

3 One or other.

Warnt worth nowt a haäcre, an' now theer's lots o' feeäd,

yows upon it an' some on it down i'

Fourscoor1 yows upon seeäd.2

XI

Nobbut a bit on it's left, an' I meän'd to 'a stubb'd it at fall,

Done it ta-year I meän'd, an' runn'd plow thruff

it an' all,

If godamoighty an'

aloän,

parson 'ud nobbut let ma

Meä, wi' haäte hoonderd haäcre o' Squoire's, an' lond o' my oän.

XII

Do godamoighty knaw what a's doing a-taäkin'

o' meä?

I beänt wonn as saws 'ere a beän an' yonder a

peä;

An' Squoire 'ull be sa mad an' all-a' dear a'

dear!

And I 'a managed for Squoire coom Michaelmas thutty year.

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