Words and Poetry


A dialect poem by Henry Yates 1841 - 1906

A Lancashire Mon

Aw wur bred amung th'hills, but aw'm Lanky,
There's no hauf an' hauf abeawt me;
It's down i' mi Gronny's owd Bible -
Booath sides of a long pedigree;
Aw've no need to simper an' sidle,
Nor finicky airs to put on;
Aw belong to th'owd Palatine Ceawnty
Aw'm a streytforrad, Lancashire mon !

Aw con croodle a tune they wer' singin'
When watchfires were blazin' on th'hills,
When Ceawnty men buckled ther belts on,
An' dames wore ther curls an' ther frills;
Aw've a kistful o' heirlooms i' th'kitchen;
An' aw've plushes o' o maks to don;
Aw'm conceited to think 'at aw'm English,
But aw'm preawd aw'm a Lancashire mon !

Aw've a bak'-stooane, a brack-breyd an' thible;
Aw've a breydflake for oatcakes an' o;
Ther's mi deetin' brush, too, an' mi drier,
An' a warmin' pon hung upo' th'wo;
Ther's mi loom-stocks an' o, up i' th'corner,
As aw'll keep till aw dee, if aw con,
For they're nicer than t'new-fangled fashion,
To an owd-fashioned, Lancashire mon !

We'll play nooan if owt's to be mended;
We're i' th'vanguard if owt's to be won;
We parcel all t'werk eawt for t'nations,
Ere t'world wakkens up to wod's done.
There may be a shire 'at is broader,
But there's nobbut one Ceawnty - just one,
'At King is a Duke on - that Lanky,
An' ther's nowt licks a Lancashire mon !

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