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Northern Farmer, by A. Tennyson. *)

1.
Where hast thou been so long and me lying here alone?
Nurse? Thou art nought of a nurse: Why, Doctor has been and
Says that I must have no more ale: but I am not a fool:
Give me my ale, for I am not going to break my rule.

has gone;

2.
Doctors, they know nought, for they say what's no ways true:
No sort of kind of use to say the things that he does.
I've had my pint of ale every night since I am here,
And I've had my quart every market-night for forty year.

3.
Parson has been likewise, and he sitting here on my bed.
The Almighty is taking you to himself, my friend" he said,
And he told me my sins, and his tithe was due, and I gave it

hand;
I did my duty by him, as I have done by the land.

4.
Learned he may be. I reckon I have not so much to learn
But he cast up, **) thought he did, about Betsy Morris's boy,
Though he knows I always voted with Squire and church and state,
And in the worst of times I was never against the rate. ***)

5.

And I always came to his church before my Sully was dead,
And heard him humming away like a cockchafer over my head;
And I never knew what be meant but I thought he had something
And I thought he said what he ought to have said and I came away.

to say,

6.
Betsy Morris's boy! thou knowest she laid it to me.
Might bave been, may hap, for she was a bad one, she.
Howsoever, I kept him, I kept him, my lass, thou must understand,

I
I did my duty by him as I have done by the land.

*) Obiges, in dem unter dem Titel Enoch Arden kürzlich erschiedenen Bändchen enthaltene Gedicht ist bekanntlich im Lincolnshire - Dialekte ferfasst. Ich glaubte nun manchem Leser des Archivs einen Dienst zu erweisen, wenn ich ihm das vielbesprochene Gedicht, welches Einige als eine Satire auf die Engländer überhaupt ansehen wollen, durch einfache Umsetzung in landübliches Englisch geniessbarer mache. Der Reim musste naturlich in einigen Stellen geopfert werden.

Dr. D. Asher. **) reproached me. ***) Churchrate.

7. But Parson he comes and he goes, and he says it easy and free, „The Almighty is taking you to himself, my friend“ says he. I will not say men are liars, though some one said it in baste :*) But he reads one sermon a week, and I have stubbed **) Thornaby

waste.

8.

Do you remember the waste, my lass? no, no, thou wast not born 14. Look how quality smiles when they see me passing by, Say to themselves no doubt „What a man be must be surely!" For they know what I have been to Squire since first he came to

then;
There was a boggle ***) in it, I often heard it myself;
Almost like a bittern, for I heard it about and about,
But I stubbed it up with the lot, and raved +) and rembled tt) it out.

9.
Keeper's it was; for they found him there laid on his face,
Down in the wild anemones before I came to the place.
Noaks or Thimbleby one of them bad shot him as dead as a nail.
Noaks was hanged for it up at assize but give me my ale.

10.
Do but look at the waste: there was not food for a cow:
Nought at all but bracken fit) and furze, and look at it now
Was not worth an acre, and now there's lots of food,
Four score ewes upon it and some of it down seed.

11.
Only a bit of it is left, and I meant to have stubbed it at fall,
(To have) done it this year I meant, and run the plough through it

and all,
If God Almighty and parson would only let me alone,
Me, who had a hundred acres of Squire's, and land of my own.

12.
Does God Almighty know what he is doing in taking me?
I am not one who sows here a bean and yonder a pea;
And squire will be so mad and all O dear! O dear!
And I have managed for squire come Michaelmas thirty year.

13.
He might bave taken Jones, who has not a ha’porth of sense,
Or be might have taken Robins he never mended a fence:
But God Almighty he must take me and take me now.
With half the cows to calve and Thornaby holms *t) to plough!

Vide: Psalm CXVI, 11. **) to grub (dig) up roots. ***) bugbear.

) tore up: tt) removed.

ttt) fern.

flat land adjoining a river.

the Hall! I have done my duty by Squire and have done my duty by all.

15.
Squire's in London, and some one I reckon will have to write,
For who is to hold the land after me that muddles me quite;
Certain sure I am, that he will never give it to Jones,
Neither he must to Robins he never rembles *) the stones.

16. But some one will come after me may bap with his kettle of steam Huzzing **) and mazing ***) the blessed fields with the Devils own

team. If I must die, I must die, and life they say is sweet, But if I must die I must die, for I could not bear to see it.

17.
What art thou standing there for, and dost not bring me the ale?
Doctor's a teatotaler, lass, and he was always in the old tale:
I will not break rules for Doctor, he knows no more than a fly;
Give me my ale I tell thee, and if I must die I must die.

*) ut supra. **) to hum. ***) to amaze.

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