Hello does anyone know the author and are these the correct words ??
A kindly soul but sunburned,
Bold of eye but wrinkled up.
And behind him on his pillion
Sat his black alsation pup.
"Good day" said he"Good day" said I
"And how do you find things go,
And whats the chance of millions
When you run a travelling show?"
He travels along the dusty road
And merrily he sings
"What you lose upon the roundabouts
You gain upon the swings"
Thank you, ruth
Author: Tigermonkey (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: 03-07-04 14:34
Roundabouts and Swings
It was early last September nigh to Framlin'am-on Sea,
An' 'twas Fair-day come to-merrow, an' the time was after tea,
An' I met a painted caravan adown a dusty lane,
A Pharaoh with his waggons comin' jolt an' creak an' strain;
A cheery cove an' sunburnt, bold o' eye and wrinkled up,
An' beside him on the splashboard sat a brindled terrier pup,
An' a lurcher wise as Solomon an' lean as fiddle-strings
Was joggin' in the dust along 'is roundabouts and swings.
"Goo'-day," said 'e; "Goo'-day," said I; "an' 'ow d'you find things go,
An' what's the chance o' millions when you runs a travellin' show?"
"I find," said 'e, "things very much as 'ow I've always found,
For mostly they goes up and down or else goes round and round."
Said 'e, "The job's the very spit o' what it always were,
It's bread and bacon mostly when the dog don't catch a 'are;
But lookin' at it broad, an' while it ain't no merchant king's,
What's lost upon the roundabouts we pulls up on the swings!"
"Goo'luck," said 'e; "Goo'luck," said I; "you've put it past a doubt;
An' keep that lurcher on the road, the gamekeepers is out."
'E thumped upon the footboard an' 'e lumbered on again
To meet a gold-dust sunset down the owl-light in the lane;
An' the moon she climbed the 'azels, while a nightjar seemed to spin
That Pharaoh's wisdom o'er again, 'is sooth of lose-and-win;
For "up an' down an' round," said 'e, "goes all appointed things,
An' losses on the roundabouts means profits on the swings!"
Patrick R. Chalmers
Wow, that was quick ! Thank you SO much Linda, I didn't know there was that much to it,my late dad used to quote just that bit I knew.Ruth
Thank you i have been searching for that! My late dad quoted the end bits!