Northern Farmer: Old Style

Original Text: 
Alfred lord Tennyson, Enoch Arden (1864). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
1  Wheer 'asta beän saw long and meä liggin' 'ere aloän?
2Noorse? thoort nowt o' a noorse: whoy, Doctor's abeän an' agoän;
3Says that I moänt 'a naw moor aäle; but I beänt a fool;
4Git ma my aäle, fur I beänt a-gawin' to breäk my rule.
5  Doctors, they knaws nowt, fur a says what 's nawways true;
6Naw soort o' koind o' use to saäy the things that a do.
7I 've 'ed my point o' aäle ivry noight sin' I beän 'ere.
8An' I 've 'ed my quart ivry market-noight for foorty year.
9  Parson 's a beän loikewoise, an' a sittin' ere o' my bed.
10"The amoighty 's a taäkin o' you to 'isén, my friend," a said,
11An' a towd ma my sins, an' s toithe were due, an' I gied it in hond;
12I done moy duty boy 'um, as I 'a done boy the lond.
13  Larn'd a ma' beä. I reckons I 'annot sa mooch to larn.
14But a cast oop, thot a did, 'bout Bessy Marris's barne.
15Thaw a knaws I hallus voäted wi' Squoire an' choorch an' staäte,
16An' i' the woost o' toimes I wur niver agin the raäte.
17  An' I hallus coom'd to 's choorch afoor moy Sally wur deäd,
18An' 'eard 'um a bummin' awaäy loike a buzzard-clock ower me 'eäd,
19An' I niver knaw'd whot a meän'd but a thowt ä 'ad summut to saäy.
20An' I thowt a said what a owt to 'a said, an' I coom'd awaäy.
21  Bessy Marris's barne! tha knaws she laäid it to meä.
22Mowt a beän, mayhap, for she wur a bad un, sheä.
23'Siver, I kep 'um, I kep 'um, my lass, tha mun understond;
24I done moy duty boy 'um, as I 'a done boy the lond.
25  But Parson a cooms an' a goäs, an' a says it easy an' freeä:
26"The amoighty 's taäkin o' you to 'issén, my friend," says 'eä.
27I weänt saäy men be loiars, thaw summun said it in 'aäste;
28But 'e reäds wonn sarmin a weeäk, an' I 'a stubb'd Thurnaby waäste.
29  D' ya moind the waäste, my lass? naw, naw, tha was not born then;
30Theer wur a boggle in it, I often 'eärd 'um mysén;
31Moäst loike a butter-bump, fur I 'eärd 'um about an' about,
32But I stubb'd 'um oop wi' the lot, an' raäved an' rembled 'um out.
33  Keäper's it wur; fo' they fun 'um theer a-laäid of is' faäce
34Down i' the woild 'enemies afoor I coom'd to the plaäce.
35Noäks or Thimbleby--toäner 'ed shot 'um as dead as a naäil.
36Noäks wur 'ang'd for it opp at 'soize--but git ma my aäle.
37  Dubbut looök at the waäaste; theer warn't not feeäd for a cow;
38Nowt at all but bracken an' fuzz, an' looök at it now--
39Warn't worth nowt a haäcre, an' now theer 's lots o' feeäd,
40Fourscoor yows upon it, an' some on it down i' seeäd.
41  Nobbut a bit on it 's left, an' I meän'd to 'a stubb'd it at fall,
42Done it ta-year I meän'd, an' runn'd plow thruff it an' all,
43If godamoighty an' parson 'ud nobbut let ma aloän,--
44Meä, wi haäte hoonderd haäcre o' Squoire's, an' lond o' my oän.
45  Do godamoighty knaw what a's doing a-taäkin' o' meä?
46I beänt wonn as saws 'ere a beän an yonder a peä;
47An' Squoire 'ull be sa mad an' all--a' dear, a' dear!
48And I 'a managed for Squoire coom Michaelmas thutty year.
49  A mowt 'a taäen owd Joänes, as 'ant not a 'aäpoth o' sense,
50Or a mowt a' taäen young Robins--a niver mended a fence:
51But godamoighty a moost taäke meä an' taäke ma now,
52Wi' aäf the cows to cauve an' Thurnaby hoälms to plow!
53  Looök 'ow quoloty smoiles when they seeäs ma a passin' boy,
54Says to thessén, naw doubt, "What a man a beä sewer-loy!"
55Fur they knaws what I beän to Squoire sin' fust a coom'd to the 'All;
56I done moy duty by Squoire an' I done moy duty boy hall.
57  Squoire 's i' Lunnon, an' summun I reckons 'ull 'a to wroite,
58For whoa 's to howd the lond ater meä that muddles ma quoit;
59Sartin-sewer I beä, thot a weänt niver give it to Joänes,
60Naw, nor a moänt to Robins--a niver rembles the stoäns.
61  But summun 'ull come ater meä mayhap wi' 'is kittle o' steäm
62Huzzin' an' maazin' the blessed feälds wi' the Divil's oän teäm.
63Sin' I mun doy I mun doy, thaw loife they says is sweet,
64But sin' I mun doy I mun doy, for I couldn abeär to see it.
65  What atta stannin' theer fur, an' doesn bring me the aäle?
66Doctor 's a 'toättler, lass, an a's hallus i' the owd taäle;
67I weänt breäk rules fur Doctor, a knaws naw moor nor a floy;
68Git ma my aäle, I tell tha, an' if I mun doy I mun doy.
Publication Start Year: 
1865
RPO poem Editors: 
J. D. Robins
RPO Edition: 
2RP 2.406.
Rhyme: