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Famous Afore Poems by Famous Poets

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by Burns, Robert
...e’s cauld nor-west
Lang mustering up a bitter blast;
A jillet brak his heart at last,
 Ill may she be!
So, took a berth afore the mast,
 An’ owre the sea.


To tremble under Fortune’s cummock,
On a scarce a bellyfu’ o’ drummock,
Wi’ his proud, independent stomach,
 Could ill agree;
So, row’t his hurdies in a hammock,
 An’ owre the sea.


He ne’er was gien to great misguidin,
Yet coin his pouches wad na bide in;
Wi’ him it ne’er was under hiding;
 He dealt it free:
The...Read More



by Burns, Robert
...ae fa’ upo’ anither plan
Than garrin lasses coup the cran,
 Clean heels ower body,
An’ sairly thole their mother’s ban
 Afore the howdy.


This leads me on to tell for sport,
How I did wi’ the Session sort;
Auld Clinkum, at the inner port,
 Cried three times, “Robin!
Come hither lad, and answer for’t,
 Ye’re blam’d for jobbin!”


Wi’ pinch I put a Sunday’s face on,
An’ snoov’d awa before the Session:
I made an open, fair confession—
 I scorn’t to lee,
An’ syne Mess John, ...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...pleases best Thysel’,
Sends ane to heaven an’ ten to hell,
 A’ for Thy glory,
And no for ony gude or ill
 They’ve done afore Thee!


I bless and praise Thy matchless might,
When thousands Thou hast left in night,
That I am here afore Thy sight,
 For gifts an’ grace
A burning and a shining light
 To a’ this place.


What was I, or my generation,
That I should get sic exaltation,
I wha deserve most just damnation
 For broken laws,
Five thousand years ere my creation,
 Thro...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...ye hae to fear it;
For mony a ane has gotten a fright,
 An’ liv’d an’ died deleerit,
 On sic a night.


“Ae hairst afore the Sherra-moor,
 I mind’t as weel’s yestreen—
I was a gilpey then, I’m sure
 I was na past fyfteen:
The simmer had been cauld an’ wat,
 An’ stuff was unco green;
An’ eye a rantin kirn we gat,
 An’ just on Halloween
 It fell that night.


“Our stibble-rig was Rab M’Graen,
 A clever, sturdy fallow;
His sin gat Eppie Sim wi’ wean,
 That lived in Achm...Read More

by Burns, Robert
...’m clear to gi’e my aith.


 Imprimis, then, for carriage cattle,
I hae four brutes o’ gallant mettle,
As ever drew afore a pettle.
My hand-afore ’s a guid auld has-been,
An’ wight an’ wilfu’ a’ his days been:
My hand-ahin ’s a weel gaun fillie,
That aft has borne me hame frae Killie. 2
An’ your auld borough mony a time
In days when riding was nae crime.
But ance, when in my wooing pride
I, like a blockhead, boost to ride,
The wilfu’ creature sae I pat to,
(L—...Read More



by Field, Eugene
...vious lamentation all arounde,
For nony dame nor damosel in Camelot ben found,--
Gone, like ye forest leaves that speed afore ye autumn wind.
Of all ye ladies of that court not one ben left behind
Save only that same damosel ye straunger called ye crow,
And she allowed with moche regret she ben too lame to go;
And when that she had wept full sore, to Arthure she confess'd
That Guinevere had left this word for Arthure and ye rest:
"Tell them," she quod, "we shall return to...Read More

by Hardy, Thomas
...d as stars through a tardle o' trees.

She eyed en; and, as when a weir-hatch is drawn,
Her tears, penned by terror afore,
With a rushing of sobs in a shower were strawn,
Till her power to pour 'em seemed wasted and gone
From the heft o' misfortune she bore.

"O Tim, my own Tim I must call 'ee--I will!
All the world ha' turned round on me so!
Can you help her who loved 'ee, though acting so ill?
Can you pity her misery--feel for her still?
When worse than her body so ...Read More

by Field, Eugene
...nd he bowed his head -
"The fever!" they said.

'T wuz a pitiful time for Fisherman Jim,
With them darlin's a-dyin' afore his eyes,
A-stretchin' their wee hands out to him
An' a-breakin' his heart with the old-time cries
He had heerd so often upon the sands;
For they thought they wuz helpin' his boat ashore -
Till they spoke no more.

But Fisherman Jim lived on and on,
Castin' his nets an' sailin' the sea;
As a man will live when his heart is gone,
Fisherman Jim lived...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...
I beg your pardon, I -- I --
Oh, I'm a wicked woman!
An' I'm desolate, desolate!
Why warn't I struck dead or paralyzed
Afore my hands done it.
Oh, my God, what shall I do!
No, Sir, ther ain't no extenuatin' circumstances,
An' I don't want none.
I want a bolt o' lightnin'
To strike me dead right now!
Oh, I'll tell yer.
But it won't make no diff'rence.
Nothin' will.
Yes, I killed him.
Why do yer make me say it?
It's cruel! Cruel!
I killed him because o'...Read More

by Lowell, Amy
...eighteenth o' June,
Six months after I'd buried my husband,
That somethin' happened ter me.
Mebbe you'll mind that afore that
I was a cheery body.
Hiram was too,
Al'ays liked to ask a neighbor in,
An' ev'n when he died,
Barrin' low sperrits, I warn't averse to seein' nobody.
But that eighteenth o' June changed ev'rythin'.
I was doin' most o' th' farmwork myself,
With jest a hired boy, Clarence King, 'twas,
Comin' in fer an hour or two.
Well, that eighteen...Read More

by Field, Eugene
...br> "Look here," sez Hoover, "ever'body
Quit thinkin' 'nd perceed at oncet to name his favorite toddy!"

It wuzn't long afore the news had spread the country over,
And miners come a-flockin' in like honey-bees to clover;
It kind uv did 'em good, they said, to feast their hungry eyes on
That picture uv Our Lady in the camp uv Blue Horizon.
But one mean cuss from ****** Crick passed criticisms on 'er,--
Leastwise we overheerd him call her Pettibone's madonner,
The which we ...Read More

by Spenser, Edmund
...at doth consume our pleasures soon; 
All the mishap, the which our days outwears, 
All the good hap of th' oldest times afore, 
Rome in the time of her great ancesters, 
Like a Pandora, locked long in store. 
But destiny this huge Chaos turmoiling, 
In which all good and evil was enclosed, 
Their heavenly virtues from these woes absolving, 
Carried to heaven, from sinful bondage loosed: 
But their great sins, the causers of their pain, 
Under these antique ruins yet remai...Read More

by Owen, Wilfred
...I mind as 'ow the night afore that show
Us five got talking, -- we was in the know,
"Over the top to-morrer; boys, we're for it,
First wave we are, first ruddy wave; that's tore it."
"Ah well," says Jimmy, -- an' 'e's seen some scrappin' --
"There ain't more nor five things as can 'appen;
Ye get knocked out; else wounded -- bad or cushy;
Scuppered; or nowt except yer feeling mu...Read More

by Service, Robert William
...htered the Kaiser's men in tons;
'E's captured one of their quick-fire guns,
And 'e 'adn't no practice in killin' 'Uns
 Afore 'e went off to the war.

Little Bill wot I nussed in 'is by-by clothes;
Little Bill wot told me 'is childish woes;
'Ow often I've tidied 'is pore little nose
 Wiv the 'em of me pinnyfore.
And now all the papers 'is praises ring,
And 'e's been and 'e's shaken the 'and of the King
And I sawr 'im to-day in the ward, pore thing,
 Where they're patc...Read More

by Sassoon, Siegfried
...up a dish of tea. 

Ay, those were days, when I was serving Squire! 
I never knowed such sport as ’85, 
The winter afore the one that snowed us silly. 

. . . . 
Once in a way the parson will drop in 
And read a bit o’ the Bible, if I’m bad, 
And pray the Lord to make my spirit whole 
In faith: he leaves some ’baccy on the shelf, 
And wonders I don’t keep a dog to cheer me 
Because he knows I’m mortal fond of dogs! 

I ask you, what’s a gent like that...Read More

by Edgar, Marriott
...known to fame 
By Transporter Bridge as takes folks over t'stream, 
Or else brings them back across same. 

In days afore Transporter Bridge were put up, 
A ferryboat lay in the slip, 
And old Ted the boatman would row folks across 
At per tuppence per person per trip. 

Now Runcorn lay over on one side of stream, 
And Widnes on t'other side stood, 
And, as nobody wanted to go either place, 
Well, the trade wasn't any too good. 

One evening, to Ted's superlative ...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...danced to a German band

Our pay was the wool on the jumbucks' backs so we shore till all was blue
The sheep was washed afore they was shore and the rams were scented too
And we all of us cried when the shed cut out in spite of the long hot days
For every hour them girls waltzed in with whisky and beer on trays

There was three of them girls to every chap and as jealous as they could be
There was three of them girls to every chap and six of them picked on me
We was drafting t...Read More

by Masefield, John
...rned at sea.

She couldn't lay-to nor yet pay-off,
And she got swept in the bloody trough;
Her masts were gone, and afore you knowed
She filled by the head and down she goed.
Her crew made seven-and-twenty dishes
For the big jack-sharks and the little fishes,
And over their bones the water swishes. 
Hear the yarn of a sailor,
An old yarn learned at sea.

The wives and girls they watch in the rain
For a ship as won't come home again.
'I reckon it's them hea...Read More

by Tolkien, J R R
...lad,' said Troll, 'this bone I stole.
But what be bones that lie in a hole?
Thy nuncle was dead as a lump o' lead,
Afore I found his shinbone.
Tinbone! Skinbone!
He can spare a share for a poor old troll,
For he don't need his shinbone.'

Said Tom: 'I don't see why the likes o' thee
Without axin' leave should go makin' free
With the shank or the shin o' my father's kin;
So hand the old bone over!
Rover! Trover!
Though dead he be, it belongs to he;
So hand the old...Read More

by Wyatt, Sir Thomas
...m of them that furthest come behind. 
Yet may I by no means, my worried mind 
Draw from the deer; but as she fleeth afore 
Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore, 
Since in a net I seek to hold the wind. 
Who list her hunt, I put him out of doubt, 
As well as I, may spend his time in vain; 
And graven in diamonds in letters plain 
There is written, her fair neck round about, 
"Noli me tangere, for Caesar's I am,
And wild to hold, though I seem tame."...Read More

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