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TO THE

SHARERS OF MY JOYS AND SORROWS—

MY DEAR WIFE AND CHILDREN—

THESE "WARBLIN'S" ARE AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED

BY THE "OWD SONGSTER"

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PREFACE.
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TWENTY-NINE years ago, at the time when the great struggle between the Northern and Southern States of America was taking place, which gave rise to what is still known in Lancashire as the "Cotton Panic," I published my first small volume of Poems and Songs.

    That little bantling was very cordially received by the press, and it met with a most liberal patronage at the hands of an appreciative public.  Eleven years later, a somewhat larger edition of my writings was published; and this second child of my fancy met with the same kindly welcome and generous treatment.

    I would here record my heart-felt thanks to the Reviewers who gave my first volumes such an encouraging and flattering reception; and to the friends who then aided me with their sympathy and practical support.  For several years these two volumes have been out of print; and I have been repeatedly urged by my many friends to bring out, in one book, a complete collection of the best of my life's work; with which request I now comply.

    In this volume many new poems will be found which have not previously been printed; and others which have from time to time appeared only in sheet form, or in the magazines and newspapers of the day.  In bringing out this more presentable, and pretentious volume, I feel that I should be ungrateful if I did not express my indebtedness to the Artists, and other friends, who have so willingly and generously assisted me in my efforts to make my latest work successful.  Although compelled to exclude from this collection a large number of poems and songs of a private nature, and others relating to subjects of passing interest, I venture to think that in what I now submit to the public, it will be seen that I have always had before me some well-defined and useful object; and I trust I have not wholly failed to portray the worthy sentiments of lowly Lancashire folk in their own familiar dialect.  If I have succeeded in doing this, in ever so small a degree, the "Owd Songster" will feel that his "Warblin's" have not been in vain.

SAMUEL LAYCOCK.

Foxhall Road,
            Blackpool,
                        September, 1893.

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CONTENTS.
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Glossary of Lancashire Dialect

SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE, by W. Trevor

ix.

SUPPLEMENTARY SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR, by James Middleton

xiii.

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE AUTHOR, by Sim Schofield, his Son-in-law

xx.

Poems and Songs in the Lancashire Dialect:

A LANCASHIRE CANDIDATE FOR THE LAUREATESHIP. (Read at the Christmas Dinner of the Manchester Literary Club, December 20th, 1892.

231.

A LITTLE BIT O' BOATH SIDES—Part First

131.

A LITTLE BIT O' BOATH SIDES—Part Second

133.

A RESPECTABLE MON

13.

A "SMART" WAY O' CURIN' DRUNKARDS

162.

A TRIBUTE TO THE DROWNED

109.

A TRIP TO GRIMSBY

145.

ADAM AN' MARY

151.

ALLIS TO' LAT'

181.

AW'VE HARD WARK TO HOWD UP MI YEAD

45.

AW'VE JUST BEEN A-LOOKIN' AT TH' SCHOLARS

61.

AW'VE TURNED MI BIT O' GARDEN O'ER

57.

BISPHAM

187.

BOWTON'S YARD

3.

CHARLES BRADLAUGH

199.

CHEER UP A BIT LONGER

63.

CHEER UP, IRISH BROTHERS

86.

CHEER UP, TOILIN' BROTHERS

127.

CLEAWDS AN' SUNSHINE

5.

COCK-COCK-AW-LAID

83.

COOARTIN' DAYS

7.

CURE FOR TH' TOOTH-WARCH

125.

DICK O' TH' MERRYDALE

81.

EAWR JIM

137.

EAWR POOASTMEN

197.

EIGHTEEN NINETY

141.

EIGHTY-SEVEN (Sent to Mr. Joseph Livesey on his 87th Birthday).

170.

FEIGHT FAIR

27.

FOOT PASSENGERS, KEEP TO THE RIGHT

15.

FORTY-EIGHT

104.

"G SHARP" AN' TH' BAND OF HOPE ORGAN

212.

GOD BLESS 'EM, IT SHOWS THEY'N SOME THOWT

55.

GOOD BYE, OWD YEAR!

139.

GOOD TEMPLARS' WAR SONG

155.

HEAW TO RAISE TH' WOIND

123.

HELP YO'RSEL'S, LADS

23.

HOMELY ADVICE TO TH' UNEMPLOYED

65.

IRELAND'S VICE-ROYALTY UNDERPAID

256.

ISAAC BRADSHAW

114.

IT'S HARD TO CEAWER I' TH' CHIMNEY NOOK

49.

JACK O' TH' NOOK AN' TH' LAN'LORD

148.

JIM LEE AN' TH' POOAST OFFICE CLERK

158.

JOE AN' ALICE : A Yawshur Tale

77.

JOHN BOOTH AN' TH' VICAR

143.

JOHN BULL. (Tune—"John Brown")

243.

JOHN BULL AN' HIS TRICKS

164.

JOHN PARKINSON, A MEMBER OF THE BLACKPOOL LIFEBOAT CREW

245.

LIFE

242.

LINES WRITTEN IN A VOLUME OF POEMS, AND SENT TO THE
REV. ROBERT COLLYER, AMERICA

188.

LOINES READ AT TH' OWD FOALK'S TEA PARTY, held at Stubbins Vale
        Schoo', on Saturday evening, January 8th, 1870.

223.

MALLY AN' JONAS

19.

MARY AN' BETTY

97.

MASHERS

183.

MI GRONFEYTHER

226.

MI GRONNY

82.

ODE TO TH' SUN

31.

OH! THIS BOIL!

21.

ON THE DEATH OF JAMES WHITTAKER, THE POPULAR AND
        WELL-KNOWN VOCALIST

254.

ON RECEIVING A LETTER FROM A FRIEND, WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY
        WRITTEN ANOTHER ONE, BUT HAD NEGLECTED TO POST IT

247.

ONLY A POET

214.

OWD FOGEY

116.

OWD PLAYMATES

29.

POOR PUSSY!

204.

PRAYIN' JEMMY

135.

PROLOGUE : Written on the occasion of the Presentation to Robert
        Bickerstaffe on his retirement as Coxswain of the Blackpool Lifeboat,
        December, 5th, 1887.

175.

QUALITY ROW

70.

                "              SECOND VISIT TO

98.

READ AT A BAND OF HOPE MEETING AT SOUTH SHORE

238.

READ AT A MEETING HELD AT MOSSLEY, TO CELEBRATE
        MR. WILLIAM HEAP'S BIRTHDAY

235.

READ AT TH' "BONNY BRID'S" WEDDING PARTY, 8th Nov., 1886

102.

READ ON THE OCCASION OF A PRESENTATION TO EDWIN WAUGH,
        April 11th, 1887

228.

ROWL AWAY, THEAW GRAND OWD OCEAN

67.

R. R. BEALEY'S FURST CHOILT

93.

SAM BAMFORD

100.

SECOND VISIT TO QUALITY ROW

98.

SEWIN' CLASS SONG

47.

SHUT UP!  YO' LIBERALS!

168.

SIXTY-SIX

112.

STARVED TO DEATH

72.

TH' "BONNY BRID'S" BIRTHDAY

207.

TH' COARTIN' NEET—Part First

193.

TH' COARTIN' NEET—Part Second

195.

TH' OWD BARBER EAWT O' WARK

53.

TH' OWD BELLMAN

160.

TH' OWD DUR SNECK

179.

TH' OWD PEDLAR'S GONE WHOAM

191.

TH' PEERS AN' TH' PEOPLE

174.

TH' PULPIT AN' TH' PFWS

120.

TH' QUACK DOCTOR

17.

TH' QUEEN'S VISIT TO LIVERPOOL, TO OPPEN TH' EXHIBITION

91.

TH' SHURAT WEAVER'S SONG

51.

TH' STORM AT BLACKPOOL

185.

TH' STRICKEN STOKERS

209.

TH' VILLAGE PEDLAR

129.

THANK GOD FOR O THESE BONNY FLEAWERS

88.

THANK YO', SUR! (On receivin' a Kesmas Goose fro' a Parson)

200.

TEETOTAL? OF COURSE AWM TEETOTAL

11.

THEE AN' ME

9.

THERE'S NO GOOD I' CEAWERIN' I' TH' DUST

43.

THINKS I TO MISEL (Read at a Harvest Festival in Blackpool)

153.

TO A CRICKET

246.

TO GEORGE HARRY BARDSLEY ON HIS EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY

111.

TO HENRY NUTTER, ON RECEIVING A VOLUME OF HIS POEMS

210.

TO MY BROTHER, JOHN, ON HIS SIXTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY

249.

TO MY DAUGHTER, BERTHA, ON HER TWENTIETH BIRTHDAY

202.

TO MY FRIEND, COUNCILLOR JOSEPH HEAP, BLACKPOOL

206.

TO MY FRIEND, EDWIN WAUGH

79.

TO MY FRIEND, ISAAC BARDSLEY

189.

TO MY FRIEND, SAMUEL ASHTON

221.

TO MY OWD FRIEND, THOMAS KENWORTHY

106.

TO MY SON, JOHN EDWARD, ON HIS BIRTHDAY

218.

TO SUPERINTENDENT JAMES BENT

118.

TO TH' OWD DERBYSHIRE BARD, JOSEPH COOPER

85.

TO POVERTY

25.

TO WILLIAM EDWARD (in reply to his "Words of Welcome")

95.

TOMMY O' DAN'S

252.

UNCLE DICK'S ADVOICE TO SENGLE MEN

37.

UNCLE DICK'S ADVOICE TO SENGLE WOMEN

35.

UNCLE DICK'S ADVOICE TO WED MEN

39.

UNCLE DICK'S ADVOICE TO WED WOMEN

33.

WELCOME, BONNY BRID

41.

            BONNY BRID'S WEDDING

102.

            BONNY BRID'S BIRTHDAY

207.

WHAT! ANOTHER CRACKED POET!

107.

WHAT AW LOIKE TO SEE

250.

WHAT IS HOME WHITHOUT A MOTHER!  Lines on receiving a card
        bearing the inscription, "What is Home without a Mother!" the writer's
        wife being away at the time holidaymaking.

216.

WHAT'S TO DO 'AT THOU'RT LOOKIN' SOA SULKY, JOHN?

166.

WHAT'S UP WI' THEE, TUM?

59.

WRITTEN FOR A MEETING HELD AT GREAT ECCLESTON

74.

Poems and Songs not in the Dialect:

A FATHER'S LAMENT FOR HIS ABSENT SON

308.

A SEA-SIDE INCIDENT

260.

A SONG FOR SUMMER

285.

A STALYBRIDGE SUPPER HOAX

337.

A THORN GROWS NEAR THE ROSE

297.

A WINTER'S NIGHT AT BLACKPOOL

314.

AN AFFECTIONATE TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF MY MOTHER

290.

AN APPEAL ON BEHALF OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS. (Read at a Bazaar at
        Oswaldtwhistle

310.

AN APPEAL ON BEHALF OF A HOSPITAL FOR BLACKPOOL

344.

AN ESSAY ON A COW

313.

AN EVENING PRAYER

267.

AT THE GRAVE OF JOSEPH COOPER (The Derbyshire Bard)

316.

BETHESDA. (Read at a Meeting held to celebrate the Re-opening of Bethesda
        Chapel, Blackpool, February 16th, 1876

331.

BEWARE! FOR THE CLOUDS ARE GATHERING

306.

BLACKPOOL: LIGHT AND SHADE

264.

BRIGHT DAYS

282.

CHRISTMAS SONG

333.

DEAR OLD ENGLAND, GOOD-BYE. (Tune—"The Mistletoe Bough"

329.

GET IN HARNESS, YOUNG MEN!

351.

GOD HELP US

288.

HUGH MASON

342.

JOHN BRIGHT

262.

JOHN CRITCHLEY PRINCE

271.

JUBILEE SONG

327.

LINES WRITTEN IN MRS. FISHER'S ALBUM

271.

LINES ON THE DEATH OF A YOUNG MOTHER

272.

MARSDEN : THE AUTHOR'S BIRTHPLACE

258.

MR' SOPKIN'S MISADVENTURES AT BLACKPOOL, (After Ingoldsby's
        Misadventures at Margate)

319.

MY GARDEN

261.

O GIVE ME A HOME IN SOME QUIET GLEN

270.

OH!  THIS RAIN!

312.

ON THE DEATH OF ERNEST JONES

281.

ON THE DEATH OF THE LATE RICHARD OASTLER

317.

READ AT A TEMPERANCE MEETING, OF WHICH THE WRITER WAS
        CHAIRMAN

348.

REST TO-MORROW

293.

ROGER BELL

300.

SEASIDE PICTURES

298.

SUNSHINE AND SHADE

295.

THE EXCURSIONISTS' SONG

343.

THE REFORMER'S MONUMENT. (Supposed to be discovered on
        re-visiting the earth)

324.

TO A FRIEND ON HIS BIRTHDAY

296.

TO A LITERARY FRIEND

283.

TO A SON ON HIS THIRTIETH BIRTHDAY

268.

TO AN UNKNOWN FRIEND, on receiving from his some verses,
        entitled "Words of Cheer".

305.

TO HUGH MASON, ESQ., M.P.

302.

TO MY BROTHER, ON RE-VISITING MY BIRTHPLACE

353.

TO MY BROTHER-BARD, THOMAS BARLOW (Born on the same day
        as myself)

340.

TO MY FRIEND, S. WOLSTENHOLME

287.

TO MY FRIEND COUNCILLOR W. H. BUCKLEY, J.P., on receiving from
        him a number of old Manchester Observers, containing, amongst other
        matter, an account of the trial of Henry Hunt, and others

326.

TO MY SON ARTHUR, ON HIS TWENTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY

328.

TO UNCLE MATTHEW

323.

VERSES READ AT A JUBILEE TEA MEETING, held in the Congregational
        School, Stalybridge, on Saturday evening, April 23rd, 1857

334.

WHITSUNTIDE HYMNS. No. 1

274.

                        Do.                    No. 2

275.

                        Do.                    No. 3

276.

                        Do.                    No. 4

277.

                        Do.                    No. 5

278.

                        Do.                    No. 6

279.

                        Do.                    No. 7

280.

Prose Writings:

A WHOLESALE KESSUNIN' DOOMENT AT TORRINGTON

362.

HEAW BILLY ARMITAGE MANAGED TO GET A NEET'S LODGIN'S

355.

LANCASHIRE KESMAS SINGIN' FIFTY YEAR SIN'

369.

APPENDIX:

BISHOP FRASER AN' TH' COLLIER

381.

EXTRACTS FROM A "MUNICIPAL LAY"

384.

EXTRACTS FROM POEM TO A BROTHER BARD

385.

PRESS NOTICES

386.

THE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

379.

TO MY FRIEND JOSEPH COOPER. THE DERBYSHIRE BARD

383.

 


 

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