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Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect   By: (1801-1886)

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[Transcriber's Note: The Pronunciation Guide and Word List are at the end of the book.]

POEMS OF RURAL LIFE IN THE DORSET DIALECT.

BY WILLIAM BARNES.

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LONDON: KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, TRÜBNER & Co., LTD. 1903

TO THE READER.

KIND READER,

Two of the three Collections of these Dorset Poems have been, for some time, out of print, and the whole of the three sets are now brought out in one volume.

I have little more to say for them, than that the writing of them as glimpses of life and landscape in Dorset, which often open to my memory and mindsight, has given me very much pleasure; and my happiness would be enhanced if I could believe that you would feel my sketches to be so truthful and pleasing as to give you even a small share of pleasure, such as that of the memories from which I have written them.

This edition has a list of such Dorset words as are found in the Poems, with some hints on Dorset word shapes, and I hope that they will be found a fully good key to the meanings of the verse.

Yours kindly,

W. BARNES

June 1879.

CONTENTS.

FIRST COLLECTION.

SPRING.

The Spring 3 The Woodlands 4 Leädy Day, an' Riddèn House 5 Easter Zunday 8 Easter Monday 9 Dock Leaves 9 The Blackbird 10 Woodcom' Feäst 12 The Milk Maïd o' the Farm 13 The Girt Woak Tree that's in the Dell 15 Vellèn o' the Tree 16 Bringèn Woone Gwaïn o' Zundays 17 Evenèn Twilight 18 Evenèn in the Village 20 May 20 Bob the Fiddler 22 Hope in Spring 23 The White Road up athirt the Hill 24 The Woody Hollow 25 Jenny's Ribbons 26 Eclogue: The 'Lotments 28 Eclogue: A Bit o' Sly Coortèn 30

SUMMER.

Evenèn, an' Maïdens out at Door 34 The Shepherd o' the Farm 35 Vields in the Light 36 Whitsuntide an' Club Walkèn 37 Woodley 39 The Brook that Ran by Gramfer's 41 Sleep did come wi' the Dew 42 Sweet Music in the Wind 43 Uncle an' Aunt 44 Havèn Woones Fortune a twold 46 Jeäne's Weddèn Day in Mornèn 47 Rivers don't gi'e out 49 Meäken up a Miff 50 Haÿ Meäken 51 Haÿ Carrèn 52 Eclogue: The Best Man in the Vield 54 Where we did keep our Flagon 57 Week's End in Zummer, in the Wold Vo'k's Time 58 The Meäd a mow'd 60 The Sky a cleärèn 61 The Evenèn Star o' Zummer 62 The Clote 63 I got two Vields 65 Polly be èn upzides wi' Tom 66 Be'mi'ster 67 Thatchèn o' the Rick 68 Bees a Zwarmèn 69 Readèn ov a Head stwone 70 Zummer Evenèn Dance 71 Eclogue: The Veäiries 72

FALL.

Corn a turnèn Yollow 76 A Haulèn o' the Corn 77 Harvest Hwome: The vu'st Peärt 78 Harvest Hwome: Second Peärt 79 A Zong ov Harvest Hwome 80 Poll's Jack Daw 82 The Ivy 83 The Welshnut Tree 84 Jenny out vrom Hwome 86 Grenley Water 86 The Veäiry Veet that I do meet 87 Mornèn 88 Out a Nuttèn 90 Teäkèn in Apples 91 Meäple Leaves be Yollow 92 Night a zettèn in 93 The Weather beäten Tree 94 Shrodon Feäir: The vu'st Peärt 95 Shrodon Feäir: The rest o't 96 Martin's Tide 97 Guy Faux's Night 99 Eclogue: The Common a took in 100 Eclogue: Two Farms in Woone 102

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