1926 – An Awkward Invitation

Here’s a wonderful old poem, written in early 1926, by a woman from the Ballymena area. It should be noted that the local newspapers of the late 1800s and early 1900s often invited their readers to submit their ‘home-made’ poetry. Thus the old newspapers are a goldmine for sourcing wonderful old verses.

Ulster-Scots Meanings

This old poem is full of Ulster-Scots words.  For those not familiar, here are a few key words and their meanings.

sae – so

oot – out

tae – to

hennie – haven’t

poke – pocket

Awkward Invitation

An Awkward Invitation

Being asked oot tae a party.
Sure I nearly bit my nails.
And this is just the reason—
It was past the time o’sales.

Being asked oot tae a party,
I was never sae dane in,
With no’ a shirt upon my back.
An’ nearly bare skin.

Being asked oot tae a party—
It may seem tae some good news,
But no’ just to the like me,
With these auld tattered shoes.

Being asked oot tae a party—
Mind it’s no’ just all a joke,
When ye hennie tuppence rattlin’
In your wee bit o’ a poke.

Being asked oot tae a party.
Though I’d like to see it all:
I’ll go an’ say I thought ’twas
Anither fancy ball.

Ballymena Observer – Friday 26 March 1926





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