Thomas Augustine Daly
best known for his humorous verses in mock Italian-American and Irish American dialect.
Thomas Augustine Daly is best known for his humorous verse primarily in Italian or Irish-American dialect. Although popular for forty years as a poet, he was a versatile writer, and he built an international reputation as an author, columnist, and lecturer. His dialectal humor continued the tradition... more »
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Thomas Augustine Daly Poems
Da Leetla Boy
Da spreeng ees com'! but oh, da joy Eet ees too late! He was so cold, my leetla boy, He no could wait.
Da Sweeta Soil
All weenter-time I work for deeg Da tranch een ceety street, An’ I am looka like da peeg
GIUSEPPE, da barber, ees greata for 'mash,' He gotta da bigga, da blacka mustache, Good clo'es an' good styla an' playnta good cash.
Between Two Loves
I GOTTA lov' for Angela, I lov' Carlotta, too. I no can marry both o' dem,
Da Boy From Rome
To-day ees com' from Eetaly A boy ees leeve een Rome, An' he ees stop an' speak weeth me -- I weesh he stay at home.
Two ‘mericana Men
Beeg Irish cop dat walk hees beat By den peanutta stan’, First two, t’ree week w’en we are meet
Da Comica Man
Giacobbe Finelli so funny, O! My! By tweestin’ hees face an’ by weenkin’ hees eye He maka you laugh teell you theenk you weell die.
Da Leetla Boy
Da spreeng ees com'! but oh, da joy
Eet ees too late!
He was so cold, my leetla boy,
He no could wait.
I no can count how manny week,
How manny day, dat he ees seeck;
How manny night I seet an' hold
Da leetla hand dat was so cold.
He was so patience, oh, so sweet!
Eet hurts my throat for theenk of eet;
An' all he evra ask ees w'en
Ees gona com' da spreeng agen.
Wan day, wan brighta sunny day,
He see, across da alleyway,
Da leetla girl dat's livin' dere
Ees raise her window for da air,