Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"W'en Nort' Win' She's Com' Back" by A.W. Loudon (1925)

W'en Nort' Win' She's Com' Back


W'en nort' win', she's comin' back,

        Dat's col, col, winter day;

De tam, my fren', wat I'm no lak

        For meet eet on de way.

De bess close wat you got, ma fren',

        She's go right tru lak seeve;

An' make some tear com on de en'

        Your nose, you bess believe.

I'm got coon coat, de bess I can,

        An' cap from fur de same,

Wit mit was make for hunter man,

        I'm freeze me, just de same.

Dat win' sapree's, stay on de sout

        Till she ees comin' wet;

Den eet com back for freeze us out;

        Ba gosh, she's col, you bet!

But never min', de spring ees near

        Wen' day ees comin' warm;

De snow an' ice ees disappear,

        We're happy on de farm.

De clover ees begin for grow,

        I'm see dat every day,

An' timoty ees com also

        For make de crop of hay.

De leetle lam' ees skeep an' play,

        An' jomp lak hee is crack;

Den, alt de worl ees feel dat way,

        Wen nort' win', she's com' back.

Troy Times. March 21, 1925: 3 col 1.

Aside from all the poetry that used to be published in the several Troy newspapers, there’d been at least one Troy club with a poetry focus, the Robert Burns Club. One wonders when it died out and where its papers might have wound up (probably the dump, but one hopes not).

Poems written in dialect, varying from accurate to outright racist, used to be fairly popular. That "W'en Nort' Win' She's Com' Back" is a pseudo-Scots/Robert Burns poem I'm largely guessing on the basis of the many apostrophes, a punctuation mark Burns greatly favored, and Loudon's other Burnsian work.

“The Robert Burns Club last night celebrated the one hundred and sixty-fourth anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns with a reception and dance at Masonic Hall. American and Scotch flags, with pictures of Burns, were used to decorate the walls. mr. and Mrs. Edwin Coutts led the grand march which formally opened the dance and the music was provided by Mrs. F.K. Hawthorne, Miss Helen, Holton and Mr. Riley. The bagpipes for the Scotch dancing were played by William Clark, Rev. Dr. C.E. McGuinness gave an address on the life of Burns and vocal selections were given by Mrs. Robert Dewar. Dancing was enjoyed until 1 o’clock and the entertainment closed with the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ More than 200 members and friends were in attendance.”

“Birth of Robert Burns.” Troy Times. January 25, 1923: 6 col 4.

There’s quite a few poems in Troy papers dedicated to Burns or written in imitation. See e.g. “Hogmanay" by A.W. Loudon (1922) http://doesnotevenrhyme.blogspot.com/2013/09/hogmanay-by-aw-loudon-1922.html

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