Saturday, December 24, 2016
Lines on the Jordan
In poes o' gold great kings mak' watter,My notes (with help from Eric Thomson):
An' poorer folk in wooden platter.
Mony as 'twere a shameful matter
Dae't withoot grace,
Like soakit souters aff a batter, 5
Jist ony place.
Let me, in neuks where laden bees
Lilt love sangs tae the simmer breeze,
A blether fou, a mind at ease,
Free o' a' chairge, 10
Shak' loose ma member as I please
An' pish at lairge.
E'en sae did Adam, ere he fell
Tae secret piddlin'; Eve hersel'
Stroned guileless in a flowery dell 15
Beside her jo—
Till Sawtan wi' a leer frae hell
Brocht them a poe.
Wad ye seek Paradise,
Ye piddlin' mortals? Gin ye're wise 20
Shun platters, poes, an' a' sic vice:
Seek Nature fair,
An' while yer tuneful prayers uprise
Pish blissfu' there.
jordan (title): chamber pot
1 poes, 18 poe, 21 poe: Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. po, n.4: "colloq. (orig. and chiefly Brit.). A chamber pot." My father, born in America but educated in the 1920s-1930s at a school in China run by Christian Brothers from the British Isles, used this word almost exclusively to refer to this thing (occasionally with reduplication—po-po).
5 soakit souters aff a batter: drunken cobblers at the tail end of (or, as a result of) a spree
9 blether: bladder
15 stroned: urinated
17 Sawtan: Satan
Labels: noctes scatologicae