WULL HE TAK US?

Frae: R. De Bruce Trotter, Galloway Gossip (1901), p. 130

MAIST the same kin’ o’ thing’s dune whun ye want tae ken if yer jo’s gaun ‘a’ mairry ye, only the key’s put on a text in Solomon’s Sang, an the rhyme’s different. Ye hae tae steek yer een an say-

                Gin my lad ‘ll mairry me,

                Let him come an thraw the key.

An than the wutch mummles a wheen words in Manx or something, yt naebuddy can mak oot, an if the man ettles tae tak ye, the key turns.

If no, it bides as it wus.

DISAPPOINTIN THE FAIRIES

TAE FIN’ A THIEF

Partial Glossar

Definitions frae DSL (links are tae the relevant entries).

  • Joe ‘A sweetheart, a lover; gen. male, but sometimes applied to women.’ [JO]
  • Steek ‘To close.’ [STEEK]
  • Een ‘Eyes.’ [EE]
  • Gin ‘If.’ [GIN]
  • Wheen ‘A few, a small number, several.’ [WHEEN]
  • Ettle ‘To intend, purpose, plan (to do) a thing.’ [ETTLE]
  • Bide ‘To stay.’ [BIDE]