Dialect Verse by C.A.Clarke.
It corn't be helped, it corn't be stopped,
when aw is done an' said;
Whatever comes, whatever goes, young folks keeps getting' wed.
Owd folk may kindly caution 'em, an' marriage woes proclaim
But t' young uns taks no heed of 'em, they just get wed aw t' same.
Young chaps feel lonely by theirsels, so does young women, too;
Therefore they go an' tee theirsels, in knots they corn't undo.
Life is a give-an'-tak' affair - A tug 'twixt peace and strife;
A mon mun give hissel away, whene're he taks a wife.
Th' bride's gan away by someone else -Well!so I have been towd;
But t' chap mun give hissel, unless; He happens to be sowd;
But still I wish aw happiness, un' mony a sunny way;
To th' gradely lad an' bonny lass, that's reached their weddin-day
May they, their temper never lose, like plenty does that weds;
An' though they'n gone an' lost their hearts, may they ne're lose their
Let each ha' t' other's confidence, an' may they never clem;
May they allus trust each other - e'en if t' grocer weren't thrust them
May aw their life be good an' sweet, one endless towfymoon;
No fawin'-eaut - especially if, they're up in a balloon.
Here's joy to 'em, here's luck to 'em, at booard an' at bed;
May the never know that they are born, still less that they are wed!.
May they keep til th'end, that Eden time, that's coom to 'em today;
An' may aw their troubles be "little uns," as the jolly owd jokes say.
And so I end this jolly rhyme, in a wish we aw may share,
Th' best of health, an' enoof o' wealth, to the newly-wedded pair.
C. Clarke (d.1935)