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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Anthony C. Deane. 1870–
 
74. A Rustic Song
 
OH, I be vun of the useful troibe 
  O' rustic volk, I be; 
And writin' gennelmen dü descroibe 
  The doin's o' such as we; 
I don't knaw mooch o' corliflower plants,         5
  I can't tell 'oes from trowels, 
But 'ear me mix ma consonants, 
  An' moodle oop all ma vowels! 
  
I talks in a wunnerful dialect 
  That vew can hunderstand,  10
'Tis Yorkshire-Zummerzet, I expect, 
  With a dash o' the Oirish brand; 
Sometimes a bloomin' flower of speech 
  I picks from Cockney spots, 
And when releegious truths I teach,  15
  Obsairve ma richt gude Scots! 
  
In most of the bukes, 'twas once the case 
  I 'adn't got much to do, 
I blessed the 'eroine's purty face, 
  An' I seëd the 'ero through;  20
But now, I'm juist a pairsonage! 
  A power o' bukes there be 
Which from the start to the very last page 
  Entoirely deal with me! 
  
The wit or the point o' what I spakes  25
  Ye've got to find if ye can; 
A wunnerful difference spellin' makes 
  In the 'ands of a competent man! 
I mayn't knaw mooch o' corliflower plants, 
  I mayn't knaw 'oes from trowels,  30
But I does ma wark, if ma consonants 
  Be properly mixed with ma vowels! 
 
 
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