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Yorkshire Ditties, First Series To Which Is Added The Cream Of Wit And Humour From His Popular Writings   By: (1839-1915)

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In "Yorkshire Ditties, First Series To Which Is Added The Cream Of Wit And Humour From His Popular Writings," John Hartley takes readers on a delightful journey through the charming and humorous world of Yorkshire's folk traditions. Captivating readers with his witty verses and endearing tales, Hartley showcases the rich cultural heritage of Yorkshire in a truly captivating manner.

One of the book's highlights is Hartley's masterful use of dialect, beautifully illustrating the local flavor and unique speech patterns of the region. He effortlessly transports the reader into the heart of Yorkshire, immersing them in a world filled with lively characters and their amusing anecdotes. These ditties and stories not only entertain but also offer valuable insights into the everyday life, spirit, and values of the vibrant Yorkshire community.

Hartley's writing is infused with warmth, allowing readers to form a deep connection with the characters and their experiences. From the uproarious adventures of "Sammywell Grimes" to the heartwarming tales of love and loss, each chapter brings its own brand of joy and emotion. The author's ability to blend humor and pathos ensures a balanced reading experience, keeping readers engaged throughout.

Furthermore, the inclusion of a compilation of Hartley's cream of wit and humor from his other writings adds another layer of enjoyment to this anthology. It provides readers with a comprehensive glimpse into the author's wide-ranging talents and diverse body of work. From clever wordplay to satirical comments on societal norms, these additional pieces showcase Hartley's versatility as a wordsmith.

Although some readers unfamiliar with the Yorkshire dialect may find parts of the book challenging to follow initially, Hartley's accessible and engaging writing style helps bridge the gap. He ensures that even those unaccustomed to the dialect can still appreciate the charm and magic of his tales. The inclusion of a glossary or footnotes would have been beneficial, but it does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

"Yorkshire Ditties, First Series To Which Is Added The Cream Of Wit And Humour From His Popular Writings" is a delightful, heartwarming collection that celebrates the enduring spirit of Yorkshire. Through his clever verses and captivating narratives, John Hartley brings to life a world that is at once humorous, poignant, and authentically Yorkshire. This book is a true gem for those who appreciate regional literature, folk traditions, and the timeless power of a well-told tale.

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Yorkshire Ditties


John Hartley Born 1839 Died 1915

to which is added the Cream of Wit and Humour from his popular writings.

First Series

London W. Nicholson & Sons, Limited, 26, Paternoster Square, E.C and Albion Works, Wakefield.

[entered at stationers' hall]


As the First Volume of the Yorkshire Ditties has been for some time out of print, and as there is a great demand for the very humorous productions of Mr. Hartley's pen, it has been decided to reprint that Volume, and also a Second One; both to be considerably enlarged and enriched by Selections from Mr. Hartley's other humorous writings.

The Publishers would also intimate that for this purpose they have purchased of Mr. Hartley the copyright of the DITTIES, and other Pieces appended to each Volume.

The Publishers presume that both Volumes will, on account of their great humour, be favourably received by the Public.



Bite Bigger To th' Swallow Plenty o' Brass Th' Little Stranger Babby Burds Wayvin Mewsic That's a Fact Stop at Hooam The Short Timer Th' First o'th' Soart Lines, on Finding a Butterfly in a Weaving Shed Uncle Ben The New Year's Resolve The Old Bachelor's Story Aght o' Wark Another Babby The Little Black Hand Lily's Gooan My Native Twang Shoo's thi' Sister Persevere To a Roadside Flower

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