December 19, 2008

Robet Allen: A Cautionary Tale

Ah met an owld sweetheort the day.
Ah’d courted when a lad;
She smiled at the same shy way,
But, man, hor eyes were sad.

Ah kindly asked about hor health
An’ hoo she’d fared i’life,
An’ hed she come the way o’ wealth
As some man’s canny wife.

“Three times” – she towld us, -“Ah’ve bin wed,
Three times a widow made,
An’ them three men that shar’d me bed
I’ cowldor clay’s noo laid”.

An’ then she spoke an erful truth,
As grim’s the graves that hide them,-
“Hed ye bin bowldor i’ your youth,
Ye wad by layin’ aside them”!

From “Canny Bit of 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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