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First Line: In the zunsheen ov our zummers
Last Line: The geäte a-vallèn to.
Subject(s): Children; Country Life; Family Life; Fences; Childhood; Relatives


In the zunsheen ov our zummers
Wi' the haÿ time now a-come,
How busy wer we out a-vield
Wi' vew a-left at hwome,
When waggons rumbled out ov yard
Red wheeled, wi' body blue,
As back behind 'em loudly slamm'd
The geäte a-vallèn to.

Drough daÿsheen ov how many years
The geäte ha' now a-swung
Behind the veet o' vull-grown men
An' vootsteps ov the young.
Drough years o' days it swung to us
Behind each little shoe,
As we tripped lightly on avore
The geäte a-vallèn to.

In evenèn time o' starry night
How mother zot at hwome,
An' kept her bleäzèn vire bright
Till father should ha' come,
An' how she quicken'd up an' smiled
An' stirred her vire anew,
To hear the trampèn ho'ses' steps
An' geäte a-vallèn to.

There's moon-sheen now in nights o' fall
When leaves be brown vrom green,
When, to the slammèn o' the geäte,
Our Jenny's ears be keen,
When the wold dog do wag his taïl,
An' Jeän could tell to who,
As he do come in drough the geäte,
The geäte a-vallèn to.

An' oft do come a saddened hour
When there must goo away
One well-beloved to our heart's core,
Vor long, perhaps vor aye:
An' oh! it is a touchèn thing
The lovèn heart must rue,
To hear behind his last farewell
The geäte a-vallèn to.





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