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Friday, 4 April 2014

Love and Pie by John Albert Carlill

Whin I gor hoired et Beacon Farm a year last Martinmas,
I fund we’d gor a vory bonny soort o’ kitchen lass;
And so I tell’d her plooin’ made me hungry—thot was why
I awlus was a laatle sthrong on pudden and on pie.
And efther thot I thowt the pie was, mebbe, middlin’ large,
And so I ate it for her sake—theer wasn’t onny charge;
Until it seems t’ missus asked her rayther sharply why
She awlus used t’ biggest dish for pudden and for pie.

I wasn’t mich of use, ye knaw, et this here fancy talkin’,
She had no chance o’ goin’ oot for armin’ it and walkin’.
But thin I knawed I gor her love whin I could see t’ pies;
I knawed her thowts o’ me were big by bigness o’ their size.
The pies and gell I thowt thot geed1, they hardlins could be beaten,
She knawed I’d awlus thowts on her by way t’ pies were eaten;
Until it seems t’ missus asked her rayther sharply why
She awlus used t’ biggest dish for pudden and for pie.

Noo just thoo wait a bit and see; I’m only thod-lad2 noo,
I moight be wagoner or hoind within a year or two;
And thin thoo’ll see, or I’m a cauf, I’ll mak ’em ring choch bell,
And carry off et Martinmas yon prize-pie-makkin’ gell.
And whin thoo’s buyin’ coats and beats3 wi’ wages thot ye take,
It’s I’ll be buyin’ boxes for t’ laatle bits o’ cake;
And whin I’ve gar a missus ther’ll be no more askin’ why
She awlus gers oor biggest dish for pudden and for pie.

1Good
2Third lad on the farm
3Boots

From: Moorman, F.W., Yorkshire Dialect Poems, 1917, Sidgwick and Jackson: Yorkshire.
(http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2888/2888-h/2888-h.htm)

Date: 1909

By: John Albert Carlill (1864-1947)

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