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The Gowfin' Chimney Sweep

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The Gowfin' Chimney Sweep

This is based on a story about David 'Deacon' Brown The Open Golf Champion of 1886 at
Musselburgh, Scotland.

Davy wis a genius

at climbin' up an' doon.

A chimney sweep o' sure repute

frae Musselburgh Toon.

He won The British Open

in 1886;

Ah'm share awbody whae wis there

thocht it wis a fix!

The Championship Officials

had a player oot o' sync.,

So they thocht o' 'Deacon' Broon,

A player whae'd played the Links.

They fund him up a chimney,

Cleanin' oot the Lum.

They washed him an' they claithed him

An' filled his achin' tum.

The course wis fu' o' champions

linin' up that day.

'Deacon' mumbled tae hissel',

"Weel ah'm jist here tae play!"

He played his gowf wi' panache

an' beat them at their game:

"Ah'm the world's best chimney sweep

an' that is NOO, ma claim tae fame!"

Copyright Robert Cartwright-Davidson February 2009

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  1. Date: 8/26/2009 8:28:00 PM
    Here you are again with this wonderous dialect! Fantastic! ~Trudy~

  1. Date: 3/20/2009 7:00:00 AM
    Robert, I'm surprised this incredible poem did not inspire more comments. I found myself reading it aloud, trying to capture the accent so brilliantly portrayed. A true joy to read! Love, Carolyn