Guv’na! The lord’s prayer in Cockney

Me ol’ china plate [=friend] Sigi, showed me”The Bible in Cockney” a few days ago – Cockney is a dialact from East End in London, and Cockney Rhyming slang is a fascinating local dialect and language game, where some words are exchanged for others that rhyme. Read more about it here:¬†http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/


Here’s the lord’s prayer (the main Christian prayer) in Cockney:


‘ello, Dad, up there in good old ‘eaven,
Your name is, well, great and ‘oly,
and we respect you, Guv.
We ‘ope we can all ‘ave a butcher’s at ‘eaven
and be there as soon as possible.
And we want to make you ‘appy, Guv,
and do what you want ‘ere on earth,
just like what you do in ‘eaven.
Guv, please give us some Uncle Fred,
and enough grub and stuff to keep us going today.
And we ‘ope you’ll forgive us when we cock things up,
just like we’re supposed to forgive them who annoy us
and do dodgy stuff to us.
There’s a lot of dodgy people around, Guv;
please don’t let us get tempted to do bad things.
‘elp keep us away from all the nasty, evil stuff
and keep that dodgy Satan away from us,
‘cos you’re much stronger than ‘im.
You’re the Boss, God,
and will be forever, innit?

And for those of us who’ve forgotten most of what we learnt in high school’s Comparative Religion Study classes, here’s an English version for comparison:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.