Songs of Jamaica (1912)
DE Christmas is finish’;
It was rather skinnish,
Yet still we are happy, an’ so needn’ fret,
For dinner is cookin’,
An’ baby is lookin’
An’ laughin’; she knows dat her pa owe no debt.
We’re now out o’ season,
But dat is no reason
Why we shan’t be happy wid heart free and light:
We feel we are better
Dan many dat fetter
Wid burden dey shoulder to mek Christmas bright.
Jes’ look at de brightness
Of dat poor an’ sightless
Old man on de barrel a playin’ de flute:
Wha’ mek him so joyful?
His lap is of toy full,
A pick’ninny play wid de patch on his suit.
Ours too de same blessin’,
An’ we’ve learn’ a lesson
We should have been learnin’ from years long ago:
A Christmas ‘dout pleasure
Gave dat darlin’ treasure,
An’ duty to Milly is all dat we owe.
- The fare was rather meagre ↵
- We were in debt last Christmas, but now we are free ↵
- The past ↵
- The midday meal ↵
- Shopkeeper Marter and I are no longer two brothers: meaning, I am not always going into his shop, and so keeping in debt. Pronounce brahter ↵
- Friends plant their gungu (Congo peas) together, and, in picking the crop, are not particular about the line between their properties. When they cease to be friends, they have no gungo a line. The phrase is equivalent to 'to have no truck with.' ↵
- Pronounce without sounding the second u. Was usual = used ↵
- Past Christmas ↵
- Entirely oblivious of the proverb (word) which tells us not to forget to make provision for the rainy day ↵
- In the ↵
- Enjoy the pleasure it brings ↵
- Against the bailiff ↵
- Just ↵
- Without pleasure, i.e., a sober and quiet Christmas ↵
- Our little pickny ↵