by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Dosn't thou 'ear my 'erse's legs, as they canters
Proputty, proputty, proputty -that's what I 'ears 'em
Proputty, proputty, proputty -Sam, thou's an ass for
Theer's moor sense i' one o' 'is legs nor in all thy
Woa -theer's a craw to pluck wi' tha, Sam: yon's
parson's 'ouse -
Dosn't thou knaw that a man mun be eather a man or a
Time to think on it then; for thou'll be twenty to
Proputty, proputty -woa then, woa -let ma 'ear mysen
Me an' thy muther, Sammy, 'as bean a-talkin' o'
Thou's bean talkin' to muther, an' she bean a tellin'
Thou'll not marry for munny -thou's sweet upo'
parson's lass -
Noa -thou'll marry fur luvv -an' we boath on us
thinks tha an ass.
Seeaed her todaay goa by -Saaint's-daay -they was
ringing the bells.
She's a beauty thou thinks -an' soa is scoors o'
Them as 'as munny an' all -wot's a beauty? -the
flower as blaws.
But proputty, proputty sticks, an' proputty,
Do'ant be stunt: taak time: I knaws what maakes tha
Warn't I craazed fur the lasses mysen when I wur a
But I knawed a Quaaker feller as often 'as towd ma
"Doant thou marry for munny, but goa wheer munny
An' I went wheer munny war: an' thy muther coom to
Wi' lots o' munny laaid by, an' a nicetish bit o'
Maaybe she warn't a beauty: -I niver giv it a thowt
But warn't she as good to cuddle an' kiss as a lass
as 'ant nowt?
Parson's lass 'ant nowt, an' she weant 'a nowt when
Mun be a guvness, lad, or summut, and addle her
Why? fur 'e's nobbut a curate, an' weant niver git
An' 'e maade the bed as 'e ligs on afoor 'e coomed
to the shire.
An thin 'e commed to the parish wi' lots o' Varsity
Stook to his taail they did, an' 'e 'ant got shut on
An' 'e ligs on 'is back i' the grip, wi' noan to
lend 'im a shove,
Woorse nor a far-weltered yowe: fur, Sammy, 'e
married fur luvv.
Luvv? what's luvv? thou can luvv thy lass an' 'er
Maakin' 'em goa togither as they've good right to
Could'n I luvv thy muther by cause o' 'er munny
Naay -fur I luvved 'er a vast sight moor fur it:
Ay an' thy muther says thou wants to marry the lass,
Cooms of a gentleman burn: an' we boath on us thinks
tha an ass.
Woa then, proputty, wiltha? -an ass as near as mays
Woa then, wiltha? dangtha! -the bees is as fell as
Break me a bit o' the esh for his 'ead, lad, out o'
Gentleman burn! what's gentleman burn? is it
shillins an' pence?
Proputty, proputty's ivrything 'ere, an', Sammy, I'm
If it isn't the saame oop yonder, fur them as 'as
it's the best.
Tis'n them as 'as munny as breaks into 'ouses an'
Them as 'as coats to their backs an' taakes their
Noa, but it's them as niver knaws wheer a meal's to
Taake my word for it, Sammy, the poor in a loomp is
Them or thir feythers, tha sees, mun 'a bean a laazy
Fur work mun 'a gone to the gittin' whiniver munny
Feyther 'ad ammost nowt; leastways 'is munny was
But 'e tued an' moiled 'issen dead, an 'e died a
good un, 'e did.
Look thou theer wheer Wrigglesby beck cooms out by
Feyther run oop to the farm, an' I runs oop to the
An' I'll run oop to the brig, an' that thou'll live
And if thou marries a good un I'll leave the land to
Thim's my noations, Sammy, wheerby I means to stick;
But if thou marries a bad un, I'll leave the land to
Coom oop, proputty, proputty -that's what I 'ears 'im
Proputty, proputty, proputty -canter an' canter