De Nice Leetle Canadienne

1     You can pass on de worl' w'erever you lak,
2     Tak' de steamboat for go Angleterre,
3     Tak' car on de State, an' den you come back,
4     An' go all de place, I don't care--
5     Ma frien' dat 's a fack, I know you will say,
6     W'en you come on dis contree again,
7     Dere 's no girl can touch, w'at we see ev'ry day,
8     De nice leetle Canadienne.

9     Don't matter how poor dat girl she may be,
10   Her dress is so neat ab' so clean,
11   Mos' ev'rywan t'ink it was mak' on Paree
12   An' she wear it, wall! jus' lak de Queen.
13   Den come for fin' out she is mak' it herse'f,
14   For she ain't got moche monee for spen',
15   But all de sam' tam, she was never get lef',
16   Dat nice leetle Canadienne.

17   W'en 'un vrai Canayen' is mak' it mariée,
18   You t'ink he go leev on beeg flat
19   An' bodder hese'f all de tam, night an' day,
20   Wit' housemaid, an' cook, an' all dat?
21   Not moche, ma dear frien', he tak' de maison,
22   Cos' only nine dollar or ten,
23   W'ere he leev lak blood rooster, an' save de l'argent,
24   Wit' hees nice leetle Canadienne.

25   I marry ma famme w'en I 'm jus' twenty year,
26   An' now we got fine familee,
27   Dat skip roun' de place lak leetle small deer,
28   No smarter crowd you never see--
29   An' I t'ink as I watch dem all chasin' about,
30   Four boy an' six girl, she mak' ten,
31   Dat 's help mebbe kip it, de stock from run out,
32   Of de nice leetle Canadienne.

33   O she 's quick an' she 's smart, an' got plaintee heart,
34   If you know correc' way go about,
35   An' if you don't know, she soon tole you so
36   Den tak' de firs' chance an' get out;
37   But if she love you, I spik it for true,
38   She will mak' it more beautiful den,
39   An' sun on de sky can't shine lak de eye
40   Of dat nice leetle Canadienne.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,815
Words 370
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8, 8, 8

William Henry Drummond

William Henry Drummond April 13 1854 April 6 1907 was an Irish-born Canadian poet He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom in 1898 and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1899 more…

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