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Can anyone read this?

Postby gardener » Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:09 pm

Can anyone read the words at the start of the first line? Before "are all mixed"?
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Re: Can anyone read this?

Postby SRD » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:03 am

Pleasure pain weal and cove
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Re: Can anyone read this?

Postby Frodo » Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:52 am

My guess is the same although not sure about cove. I don't know where this was written but if you take into account possible mis spelling Wheal is Cornish for work/toil as well as for a mine.
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Re: Can anyone read this?

Postby gardener » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:06 pm

Thanks. I thought the 3rd word might be real, but can't make anything sensible out of the 4th. It was written by a young man in 1871 and he used few commas and was fond of phrases from school Latin and the music halls so it could be a catch phrase that is outdated.
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Re: Can anyone read this?

Postby SRD » Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:16 am

Looking atthe general meaning of the piece I suspect they're antonyms and if the Cornish link is there, referring to a place of toil (weal) and a place of shelter (cove)
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Re: Can anyone read this?

Postby Northern Lass » Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:04 am

That would make sense then of the sentiment
pleasure pain
work and Home
being mixed up in such a life.
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Re: Can anyone read this? COMPLETED

Postby gardener » Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:30 pm

Finally dawned on me that one word was "woe"!

So here it is, a phrase that I had not seen before

"In weal and woe", meaning in prosperity and adversity

http://www.finedictionary.com/In%20weal ... 20woe.html

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Re: Can anyone read this?

Postby SRD » Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:42 am

Woe does make sense, but the shape of 'w' elsewhere in the piece doesn't conform to the first letter(s) of the word.
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