Kathleen Faragher

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To a Manx Kitten

Thou little tailless cat with coat of jet, Whose amber eyes with ecstatic dew are wet, As on my lap thy paws beat even tread, “In-out, in-out” – as though thou’rt making bread! “Alice” we called thee from the day

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In the Country

“An’ what do you fin’, Mrs Cottier, To do in the counthry?” says she With an edge on her vice like a knife blade! Fancy talkin’ so condescendin’ to ME! As though she’d navar even heard o’ the counthry! An’

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A Mother’s Lament

They’ve took me li’l boy – me li’l Johnny – What for did they take a li’l chile? When the sun gives a glint through the winders I’m thinkin’ I’m seein’ him smile. Then the win’ roun’ the dhure gives

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Li’l Billy

Have yer seen our li’l Billy, Miss Cannan? Aw! I’ll bet the young dirt’s on the shore With his bes’ clo’es an’ shoes an’ all on him! My! My! but I’ll give him what for! There’s me here been watchin’

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The Chilhder

Yis! I was sayin’ to Mrs Crowe theer this mornin’, That things isn’ a bit what they were; For in MY young days all of us childher Had to say “Please” an’ “Thank yer,” an’ “Sir.” But today all them

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The Anniversary

I’m near wore to a shadder, Miss Quilliam, Gerrin’ all them wans off yestiddy, Dhressed up in theer bes’, nate an’ tidy, For the Sundaa School Anniversary. For theer’s Grandaa firs’ thing in the mornin’ That cretchy because it was

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Kathleen Faragher

Kathleen Faragher (1904 – 1974) was the most significant and prolific Manx dialect author of the mid twentieth century. She is best known for her poems first published in the Ramsey Courier and collected into five books published between 1955

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