YORKSHIRE. If a joke may be pardoned by reason of its antiquity then certainly the time-honoured jest of the " Yorkshireman's Coat-of-Arms " should be here inserted. It has been sometimes drawn, but that is not its point. It is said to consist of " A flea, a fly, and a flitch of bacon," and to these are sometimes added " a magpie."
"A flea, a fly, a magpie an' bacon flitch
Is t'Yorksherman's Coit of Arms; An' t'reason they've choszen these things so rich
Is becoss they hev all speshal charms. A flea will bite whoivver it can —
An' soa, my lads, will a Yorksherman I A fly will sup with Dick, Tom, or Dan, —
An' soa, by gow ! will a Yorksherman ! A magpie can talk for a terrible span, —
An' so, an' all, can a Yorksherman ! A flitch is no gooid, who! its hung, y'ell agree,—
No more is a Yorksherman, don't ye see ! "
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