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Scots Gaelic Poem in Praise of Snuff

Just found this in Michael Newton's The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic (Cape Breton University Press: 2014). This Ode to a Snuff Box was first printed in 1780, but Newton says it could well be older. It's originally in Gaelic, but I've omitted that here.

Welcome to you, O box
And your good powder along with you:Good, sharp, brown tobaccoWhich causes a workhorse to fart.
Stripped, crushed and roasted:It will sidestep the noseAnd reach the brain:It will revive the spirit of the old womanWho lost it seven years previous.
There is no disease of the bloodOr repeated swellingOr any nature of sicknessIn a person

Comments

  • matteobmatteob Member
    Thanks for that. Snuff was highly popular in the Highlands because the weather made it hard to smoke they say.
  • ArtChooArtChoo Member
    The work horse reminds me of an old Spoonerism.


    What is the difference between a knights steed and a brewery dray horse ?


    A knights steed darts into the fray.

    A brewery horse farts into the dray.


    :)) =))


  • edited July 8 PM
    Nice one! I feared turning 40 this year, but woke up the next day and found I was still able to laugh at fart jokes. :))
  • ArtChooArtChoo Member
    @ArgentOrangeOK
    40 years is nothing to worry about.   
     I just worked out, I was told that joke by my physics teacher in 1970.      That was 47 years ago. 
    It seems to have stood the test of time.


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