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Benedict Kiely, Dialect and Literature, in A Raid into Dark Corners and Other Essays (Cork UP 1999). Lesser poets, and prose-writers, have with some assiduity, sometimes painful to witness, and with vcarying degress of success applied themselves to the mixed speech of Ulster. The most effective of them was by no means a major writer but a clerical scholar, a doctor of divinity, and a man who had devoted himself to ths study of the survival of older usages, even Elizabethan usages, in the speech of rural Ulster. That was the Rev. W. F. Marshall of Sixmilecross, and it was my honour to have known him. / It may come as a surprise to many people to know that the lament of the womanless mountainy farmer near Carrickmore in the County Tyrone was the work of such a man. it has such a place in popular literature. heres a portion of the lament of the old man who was livin in Drumlister and getting very oul [quotes]: Wee Margit had no fortune / But two rosy cheeck wud plaze. / The fam o lan was Bridgets, / But she took the pock disayse. / An Margit she was very wee, / And Bridget she was stout / But her face was like a jail dure / Wi the bolts pulled out. [ &c.] / It may not be among the higher flights of lyric poetry, yet it is still immediately obvious that the reverend gentleman has obseved his people and lsitened to them speaking. He had eyes and ears that any writer might be thankful for. (pp.235-26.) Note that Kiely summarises the poem as the lament of an old man who was livin in Drumlister and getting very oul (ibid., p.235).
Benedict Kiely, Drink to the Bird (London: Methuen 1991): From the works of the Rev. Dr Marshall of Sixmilecross I fall to quoting, as I frequently do: The night the win is risin and its coming on to sleet, / Its spittin down the chimney on the greeshig at me feet, / Its whistlin at the windy and its roarin round the barn. / Therell be piles of snow the morra on more than Mullagharn. (Kiely, op. cit., p.98.)
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Sophia Hillan King & Sean MacMahon, eds., Hope and History: Eyewitness Accounts of life in Twentieth-Century Ulster (Belfast: Friars Bush Press 1996), incls. The Speech of Ulster, pp.76-8. Also, Patricia Craig, ed., Rattle of the North (Belfast: Blackstaff 1992), gives extract from Ulster Speaks (here 228ff.).
Books in Print (1994): Ballads and Verses from Tyrone (Dublin: Talbot 1929), 96pp.; Verses from Tyrone (London: Arthur H Stockwell ); Ballads from Tyrone (Belfast: Quota Press 1934), 123pp.; Tyrone Ballads (Belfast: Quota Press 1944), 61pp.; Livin in Drumlister, intro. J. A. Todd (Belfast: Blackstaff 1983) [0 85640 293 1 pb]; Ulster Speaks (London: BBC 1936), 37pp.; His Charger White (Belfast: Quota 1939), 95pp.; Ulster Sails West (Belfast: Quota 1950)
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Spectator (2 Dec. 1995), editorial (p.5) cites W. F. Marshall (Ulster Sails West), quoting George Washington, I will make my last stand for liberty among the Scotch-Irish of my native Virginia.
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