Nathan Barlow; Sketches in the Retired Life of a Lancashire Butcher, in Verse

Nathan Barlow; Sketches in the Retired Life of a Lancashire Butcher, in Verse


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ... cress as beef; An', knockin' up an' down, one sometimes meets Confectioners 'at's lost their taste for sweets. It isno th' best as allus th' best con please, Bu' what wi' th' whim o' th' palate th' best agrees. Now, sin' we'n bin i' th' country, lass, it's true, Theau's gan me moore religion than enou', An' th' gill i' th' alehouse gi'es me th' same relief As th' wayter cress when aw were sta'd wi' beef. Excesses winnot do; let's goo betwixt--A bit for th' sowl an' bit for th' bally mixed, Like th' grace afore an' th' grace at after mate. Now theer's a sandwich any sowl could ate--Two shives 0' true religion, thin an' clean, Wi' taters, mate, an' gill or two between." "Don't scoff at sacred things; no more I'll say, But for your welfare be content to pray." "That's it!" said Nathan, shifting in his chair; "Aw'd liefer ha' less praichin' an' moore prayer. Bu' sithee, wench, it p'r'aps 'ud be as well, When t' says them prayers, to say 'em to thysel'. Aw've bin a trouble to thee sin' aw're wed, An' aw'm afeart aw'st be so till aw'm dead. Theau's tried my sowl wi' thy religion t' leaven, An't' fowld me like a letter meant for heaven. Aw think, if t' could, theau'd th' postage pay as well; Bu' that, theau says, aw'm like to do mysel'. Aw've tried, an' oft, for that my mind to fix, Bu', like a stamp bout gum, it never sticks. Thy sowl's bin gradely fledged to'art heaven to fly, Like th' lark, 'at soars an' waarbles up i' th' sky; Bu', like a barn-bred chicken, fro' my birth Aw've bin a brid 'at's fain to root i' th' earth. Just let me be, an' then aw'st happen think, For thinkin's th' on'y change aw've got bu' drink." "In town you said the smoke and work oppressed, And all you needed were fresh air and rest; Yet now you ha...

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Austin Doherty
Paperback | 28 pages
189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
Publication date
01 Mar 2012
Publication City/Country
Miami Fl, United States
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations