December 19, 2008

Robert Allen: A Canny Welcome

The North Tyne folks is canny folks
From Kielder ti the werl,
But them that lives i’ Bellingjum’s
The canniest o’ them erl.

An’ when ye come amang us, y’oure
As welcome as can be,
Ye’ll find that wor hospitabul
An’ open-hearted tee.

But if ye plan te settle heor,
Ye’ll hatta leorn the rules’
We divvent like the cocky yins,
An’ canna bide the fools.

For if amang us canny folks
Ye wish it be elect,
Nee hang for reputation, ye
Must eaorn your ahn respect.

An’ when ye’ve bin heor fifty yeor,
An’ nivvor made a fuss, -
Then – mebbies – we’ll be kind te ye
And cerl ye – ‘Yin of us!

From “Canny Bit Verse”, 1994. ISBN 0-9524649-0-X Published by the author.
Robert Allen's farming and historical poems have been sourced from the Northumberland Language Society. Please contact the NLS as a source ( of more of these brilliant works, and for recordings. The copyright is held by Nigel and Georgina Hall - for enquiries email them on

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