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774 The life a man  (La vita dell'Omo)
Translated by Peter Nicholas Dale

Nine munths in the stench: then swaddlen banís,
An smoochy kisses ní cradlecap ní whingy tears:
Then jolly jumpers ní strollers ta gedíem off their hanís,
Dressed up in frippery, hedpads, britches an gear.

Then school starts up, an with it the torchure:
The alfabet, the canens an the chillblains,
German measles ní poopen on a potty chair,
Scarlet fever, chickenpox, mumps an sprains.

Then learnen a trade, fasts, ní the sheer bruní
A life - the rent, the prisons, the hospiddul,
The gumíment athoridies, dets an cuní.
 
Sun over summer: snow fru the winíer spell . . .
An then, at long last, God bless us all,
Deth bowls on in, an it all enís up with hell.
 
1/9/2000
The sonnet is translated into "Strine", the dialect spoken in Australia down to the 1960s.