Wp/nth/Lambton Worm

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The Lambton Worm is a legend frae Coonty Durham i north-east England i the United Kingdom. The story tykes plyece aroond the River Wear, and is yen of the myest weel-knawn Northumbrian folkloric creaturs. It hes been adapted frae written and oral tradition inte pantomime and sang.

Sang[edit]

One Sunda morn young Lambton went
A-fishin in the Wear;
An catched a fish upon his heuk
He thowt leukt vary queer.
But whatt'n a kind ov fish it was
Young Lambton cudn't tell-
He wadn't fash te carry'd hyem,
So he hoyed it doon a well
Owerword:
Whisht! lads, haad yor gobs,
An aa'll tell ye aal an aaful story,
Whisht! lads, haad yor gobs,
An aa'll tell ye 'boot the worm.
Noo Lambton felt inclined te gan
An fight i foreign wars.
He joined a troop ov Knights that cared
For nowther woonds nor scars,
An off he went te Palestine
Where queer things him befell,
An varry seun forgat aboot
The queer worm i the well.
(Owerword)
But the worm got fat an grewed an grewed,
An grewed an aaful size;
He'd greet big teeth, a greet big gob,
An greet big goggly eyes.
An when at neets he craaled aboot
Te pick up bits o news,
If he felt dry upon the road,
He'd milk a dozen coos.
(Owerword)
This feorful worm wad often feed
On caalves an lambs an sheep,
An swally little bairns alive
When they laid doon te sleep.
An when he'd eaten aal he cud
An he had had his fill,
He craaled away an lapped his tail
Ten times roond Pensha Hill.
(Owerword)
The news ov this myest aaful worm
An his queer gannins on
Seun crossed the seas, gat te the ears
Ov brave an bowld Sor John.
So hyem he cam an catched the beast,
An cut 'im in twee haalves,
An that seun stopped hes eatin bairns
An sheep an lambs an caalves.
(Owerword)
So noo ye knaa hoo aal the foaks
On byeth sides ov the Wear
Lost lots o sheep an lots o sleep
An leeved i mortal feor.
So let's hev one te brave Sor John
That kept the bairns frae harm,
Saved coos an caalves by myekin haalves
O the famis Lambton Worm.
Final owerword:
Noo lads, aa’ll haad me gob,
That's aal aa knaa aboot the story
Ov Sir John's clivvor job
Wi the aaful Lambton Worm.