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Thanks... very interesting (and challenging)

Posted by Word Camel on January 10, 2005

In Reply to: The whole poem and glossary posted by Junius on January 09, 2005

: A Yorkshire Dialogue between an Aud Wife a Lass and a butcher.

: Anonymous

: AWD WIFE.
: Pretha now, lass, gang into t' hurn
: An' fetch me heame a skeel o' burn;
: Na, pretha, barn, mak heaste an' gang,
: I's mar my deagh, thou stays sae lang.

: LASS.
: Why, Gom, I's gea, bud, for my pains,
: You's gie me a frundel o' your grains.

: AWD WIFE.
: My grains, my barn! Marry! not I;
: My draugh's for t' gilts an' galts i' t' sty.
: Than, pretha, look I t' garth and see
: What owsen i' the stand-hecks be.

: LASS.
: Blukrins! they'll put, I dare not gang
: Oute'en you'll len' me t' great leap-stang.

: AWD WIFE.
: Tak t' frugan, or t' awd maulin-shaft,
: Coom tite agean an' be not daft.

: LASS.
: Gom, t' great bull-segg he's brokken lowse,
: An' he, he's hiked your broad-horned owse;
: An' t' owse is fall'n into t' swine-trough,
: I think he's brokken his cameril-hough.

: AWD WIFE.
: Whaw! Whaw! lass, mak heaste to t' smedy,
: He's noo dead, for he rowts already;
: He's boun; oh! how it bauks an' stangs!
: His lisk e'en bumps an' bobs wi' pangs.
: His weazen-pipe's as dry as dust,
: His dew-lap's swelled, he cannot hoast.
: He beals; tak t' barghams off o' t' beams
: An' fetch some breckons frae the clames.
: Frae t' banks go fetch me a weam-tow
: My nowt's e'en wrecken'd, he'll not dow.
: E'en wellanerin! for my nowt,
: For syke a musan ne'er was wrowt.
: Put t' wyes amell yon stirks an' steers
: I' t' owmer, an' sneck the lear-deers.
: See if Goff Hyldroth be gain-hand
: Thou helterful, how dares ta stand!

: LASS.
: He'll coom belive, or aibles titter,
: For when he hard i' what a twitter
: Your poor owse lay, he took his flail
: An' hang'd 't by t' swipple on a nail;
: An' teuk a mell fra t' top o' t' wharns
: An' sware he'd ding your owse i' t' harns.
: He stack his shak-fork up i' t' esins
: An' teuk his jerkin off o' t' gresins.
: Then teuk his mittens, reached his bill,
: An' off o' t' yune-head teuk a swill
: To kep t' owse blude in. Leuk, he's coom.

: AWD WIFE.
: Than reach a thivel or a strum
: To stir his blude; stand not to tauk.
: Hing t' reckans up o' t' rannel-bauk.
: God ye good-morn, Goff; I's e'en fain
: You'll put my owse out o' his pain.

: BUTCHER.
: Hough-band him, tak thir weevils hine
: F'rae t' rape's end; this is not a swine
: We kill, where ilkane hauds a fooit.
: I's ready now, ilkane leuk to it.
: Then "Beef!" i' God's name I now cry.
: Stretch out his legs an' let him lie
: Till I coom stick him. Where's my swill?
: Coom hither, lass; haud, haud, haud still.

: LASS.
: What mun I do wi' t' blude?

: BUTCHER.
: Thou fool, Teem 't down i' t' garth, i' t' midden-pool.
: Good beef, by t' mass! an' when 'tis hung
: I's roll it down wi' tooth an' tongue,
: An' gobble 't down e'en till I worry.
: An' whan neist mell we mak a lurry
: A piece o' this frae t' kimlin browt
: By t' Rood! 't will be as good as owt.
:
: AWD WIFE.
: Maut-hearted fool, I e'en could greet
: To see my owse dead at my feet.
: I thank you, Goff; I's wipe my een
: An', please, you too.

: BUTCHER.
: Why, Gom Green?

: Glossary

: 1.Corner.
: 2. Bucket of water.
: 3. Dough.
: 4. Grand-mother.
: 5. Handful.
: 6. Draff.
: 7. Sows and boars.
: 8. Oxen.
: 9. Stalls.
: 10. Gore.
: 11. Unless.
: 12. Pole.
: 13. Oven-fork.
: 14. Handle of oven-mop.
: 15. Quickly.
: 16. Bullock.
: 17. Gored.
: 18. Bend of hind-leg.
: 19. Smithy.
: 20. Snorts.
: 21. Swells and stings.
: 22. Flank
: 23. Windpipe.
: 24. Cough.
: 25. Bellows.
: 26. Horse-collars.
: 27. Bracken.
: 28. Heaps.
: 29. Belly-band.
: 30. Ox.
: 31. Recover.
: 32. Alas!
: 33. Wonder.
: 34. Heifers.
: 35. Among.
: 36. Shade.
: 37. Barn-doors.
: 38. Near at hand.
: 39. Halter-full.
: 40. Soon.
: 41. Perhaps sooner.
: 42. Perilous state.
: 43. Flap-end.
: 44. Mallet.
: 45. Hand-mill.
: 46. Brains.
: 47. Eaves.
: 48. Stairs.
: 49. Oven-top.
: 50. Bucket.
: 51. Porridge-stick.
: 52. Stick.
: 53. Iron chains for pot-hooks.
: 54. Chimney cross-beam.
: 55. Those.
: 56. Away.
: 57. Bucket.
: 58. Pour.
: 59. Next harvest-supper.
: 60. Merry feast.
: 61. Tub.
: 62. Maggot-hearted.
: 63. Weep.