William Henry Drummond
William Henry Drummond Poems
- Little Bateese You bad leetle boy, not moche you care ...
- The Wreck Of The "Julie Plante...
- How Bateese Came Home 1 W'en I was young boy on de farm, ...
- De Nice Leetle Canadienne You can pass on de worl' ...
- De Notaire Publique M'sieu Paul Joulin, de Notaire ...
- A Lament My thoughts hold mortal strife; I do detest my ...
- Her Passing THE beauty and the life Of ...
William Henry Drummond is an Irish-born Canadian poet whose humorous dialect poems made him "one of the most popular authors in the English-speaking world," and "one of the most widely-read and loved poets" in Canada."His first book of poetry, The Habitant (1897), was extremely successful, establishing for him a reputation as a writer of dialect verse that has faded since his death."
He was born near Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland in 1854, as William Henry Drumm, the oldest of four sons of George Drumm and Elizabeth Morris Soden. The family emigrated to Canada in 1864, settling in Montreal. George Drummon died in 1866, leaving the family ... more »
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1 You bad leetle boy, not moche you care
2 How busy you 're kipin' your poor gran'pere
3 Tryin' to stop you ev'ry day
4 Chasin' de hen aroun' de hay--
5 W'y don't you geev' dem a chance to lay?
6 Leetle Bateese!
7 Off on de fiel' you foller de plough
8 Den w'en you 're tire you scare the cow
9 Sickin' de dog till dey jomp the wall
10 So de milk ain't good for not'ing at all--
11 An' you 're only five an' a half dis fall,
12 Leetle Bateese!
13 Too sleepy for sayin' de prayer to-night?
14 Never min'...