Northern Farmer. New Style by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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"Doänt Thou Marry For Munny, But Goä Wheer Munny Is!"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: The farmer of the north of England speaks, in the dialect of his region, to his son, Sam, who wants to marry the parson's daughter. The man sympathizes with his son: he knows how powerful is the infatuation of love, for he too was young once, and "craazed fur the lasses." But, he says, a young man must think of his future, not merely his present gratification. He, in his youth, was advised not to seek the hand of a wealthy girl, but to go where wealthy people were and then wait for a marriage to develop naturally. This advice he took, and so found his wife, who was not beautiful, but who had money and land.

". . . I know'd a Quaaker feller as often 'as
towd ma this:
'Doänt thou marry for munny, but goä
wheer munny is!'
An' I went wheer munny war; an' thy
muther coom to 'and,
Wi' lots o' munny laaïd by, an' a nicetish
bit o' land."