THE KINDLY WELCOME

THE KINDLY WELCOME

Ah! ‘twill only be a shower,

Tho’ the wind is from the West,

Just in for half-an-hour

And give yerself a rest.

And was that what ye wor sketchin’ –

Just the turf stack an’ the whins?

And yer death o’ cowld yer ketchin’ –

Mary Ann, put out them hins!

An’ that picture, do ye say now

Ye could sell for thirty bob?

Still, this paintin’ in a way now

Is a very lonesome job.

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Oh! now yer welcome, honey,

To a little sup like that;

Is it me be takin’ money

For what wouldn’t feed the cat!

French, Percy. (1980) ‘Prose, Poems & Parodies.’  Dublin, Helicon Limited