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Revised Edition of Poems   By: (1836-1897)

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BY Bill o’th’ Hoylus End.



[Picture: Picture of Bill o’ the Hoylus End]


The Author respectfully submits to the general public of his native town and district, this volume of poems, containing some of the chief results of his musings for the past thirty years. He hopes that the volume, which is in reality the production of a life time, will in many ways be deemed worthy of the kind and courteous approbation of his numerous patrons and friends, as well as the indulgence of literary critics.

In launching forth the work, the Author begs to tender to his patrons and the public generally, his most sincere and hearty thanks for the assistance they have ever rendered him so as to enable him to acquire the necessary leisure for the cultivation of his muse. The result now achieved is not the comprehensive collection of the efforts of the author, but it may he taken as a selection and a representation of his more generally interesting productions from time to time.

Various reasons have operated in the time of the publication and the curtailment of this volume; but it is now submitted with every respect to the public for their perusal. Many of his poems, which are not found in the present volume, the author trusts will be deemed worthy of being treasured in the scrap books of his friends. Of the literary merits of the composition, it would ill become the author in any way to descant upon; but in regard to these he leaves himself entirely and absolutely in the hands of a critical, and, he hopes, an indulgent public, feeling assured that he may trust himself in the hands of his readers.

No formal dedication is here made to any particular patron, but the book is submitted without the powerful influence of any conspicuous name or the commendation of any well known literary friend; and like Dr. Johnson of old, failing patrons, he trusts that his work will, in the midst of his numerous competitors, locally and generally, be thought worthy of the attention of the various classes of the public.

AUGUST, 1891.



The Grand Old Man of Oakworth 9 Dr. Dobie’s Lecture on Burns 11 What Profits Me 13 The Death of Gordon 14 The Earl of Beaconsfield 15 Come , Nivver Dee i’ Thi Shell 17 T’owd Betty’s Advice 18 Toied Blacksmith’s Advice 20 T’First Pair o’ Britches 21 O Welcome , Lovely Summer 23 Burn’s Centenary 24 Waiting for t’ Angels 25 The Lass o’ Newsholme Dean 26 The Broken Pitcher 28 Ode to Sir Titus Salt 30 Cowd as Leead 33 The Factory Girl 34 Bonny Lark 36 Home of my Boyish Days 37 Ode to Spring ’64 38 Address to t’First Wesherwoman 39 In a Pleasant Little Valley 40 John o’t’ Bog and Keighley Feffy Goast 42 The Late Thomas Ireland 56 A Yorkshireman’s Christmas 57 The Late Thomas Craven 58 Gooise and Giblet Pie 59 The Grand Old Man 60 Ode to Bacchus 62 Sall o’t’ Bog 64 Song of the Months 65 Bonnie Cliffe Castle 67 Opening of Devonshire Park 68 Farewell to Rev... Continue reading book >>

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