When with the English tongue we speak…

When the English tongue we speak
Why is break not rhymed with weak?
Won’t you tell me why it’s true
We say sew, but also few?
And the maker of a verse
Cannot rhyme his horse with worse?
Beard is not the same as heard,
Cord is different from word,
Cow is cow, low is low,
Shoe is never rhymed with foe.
Think of hose and dose and lose,
And think of goose and yet of choose,
Think of comb and tomb and bomb,
Doll and roll and home and some.
And since pay is rhymed with say,
Why not paid with said, I pray?
Think of blood and food and good;
Mould is not pronounced like could.
Why is done, but gone and lone
Is there any reason known?
To sum it up, it seems to me
That sounds and letters don’t agree.

Found here.

About Ilaria

I'm an English and French to Italian translator, and I've been a blogger since 2009.
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One Response to When with the English tongue we speak…

  1. Elisa says:

    This reminded me of Gerald Nolst Trinité’s ‘The Chaos’. You can read it here.

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