Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect

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Title: Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect
Author: William Barnes
Release Date: June 9, 2007 [EBook #21785]
Language: English
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POEMS OF RURAL LIFE
IN THE DORSET DIALECT.
BY
WILLIAM BARNES.
LONDON:
KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, TRÜBNER & Co., LTD.
KINDREADER,
1903
TO THE 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.
June 1879.
Yours kindly,
CONTENTS.
FIRST COLLECTION.
SPRING.
The Spring The Woodlands Leädy-Day, an' Riddèn House Easter Zunday Easter Monday Dock-Leaves The Blackbird Woodcom' Feäst The Milk-Maïd o' the Farm The Girt Woak Tree that's in the Dell Vellèn o' the Tree Bringèn Woone Gwaïn o' Zundays Evenèn Twilight Evenèn in the Village May Bob the Fiddler Hope in Spring The White Road up athirt the Hill The Woody Hollow Jenny's Ribbons Eclogue:—The 'Lotments Eclogue:—A Bit o' Sly Coortèn
SUMMER.
W. BARNES
Page 3 4 5 8 9 9 10 12 13 15 16 17 18 20 20 22 23 24 25 26 28 30
Evenèn, an' Maïdens out at Door The Shepherd o' the Farm Vields in the Light Whitsuntide an' Club Walkèn Woodley The Brook that Ran by Gramfer's Sleep did come wi' the Dew Sweet Music in the Wind Uncle an' Aunt Havèn Woones Fortune a-twold Jeäne's Weddèn Day in Mornèn Rivers don't gi'e out Meäken up a Miff Haÿ-Meäken Haÿ-Carrèn Eclogue:—The Best Man in the Vield Where we did keep our Flagon Week's End in Zummer, in the Wold Vo'k's Time The Meäd a-mow'd The Sky a-cleärèn The Evenèn Star o' Zummer The Clote I got two Vields Polly be-èn upzides wi' Tom Be'mi'ster Thatchèn o' the Rick Bees a-Zwarmèn Readèn ov a Head-stwone Zummer Evenèn Dance Eclogue:—The Veäiries
Corn a-turnèn Yollow A-Haulèn o' the Corn Harvest Hwome:—The vu'st Peärt Harvest Hwome:—Second Peärt A Zong ov Harvest Hwome Poll's Jack-Daw The Ivy The Welshnut Tree Jenny out vrom Hwome Grenley Water The Veäiry Veet that I do meet Mornèn Out a-Nuttèn Teäkèn in Apples Meäple Leaves be Yollow Night a-zettèn in The Weather-beäten Tree Shrodon Feäir:—The vu'st Peärt Shrodon Feäir:—The rest o't Martin's Tide Guy Faux's Night Eclogue:—The Common a-took in Eclogue:—Two Farms in Woone
The Vrost A Bit o' Fun Fanny's Be'th-day What Dick an' I did Grammer's Shoes Zunsheen in the Winter
FALL.
WINTER.
34 35 36 37 39 41 42 43 44 46 47 49 50 51 52 54 57 58 60 61 62 63 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72
76 77 78 79 80 82 83 84 86 86 87 88 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 99 100 102
105 106 107 109 111 112
The Weepèn Leädy The Happy Days when I wer Young In the Stillness o' the Night The Settle an' the Girt Wood Vire The Carter Chris'mas Invitation Keepèn up o' Chris'mas Zittèn out the Wold Year Woak wer Good Enough Woonce Lullaby Meäry-Ann's Child Eclogue:—Father Come Hwome Eclogue:—A Ghost
SUNDRY PIECES.
A Zong The Maïd vor my Bride The Hwomestead The Farmer's Woldest Dā'ter Uncle out o' Debt an' out o' Danger The Church an' Happy Zunday The Wold Waggon The Drèven o' the Common The Common a-took in A Wold Friend The Rwose that Deck'd her Breast Nanny's Cow The Shep'erd Bwoy Hope a-left Behind A Good Father The Beam in Grenley Church The Vaïces that be Gone Poll Looks a-know'd Avore The Music o' the Dead The Pleäce a Teäle's a-twold o' Aunt's Tantrums The Stwonèn Pworch Farmer's Sons Jeäne The Dree Woaks The Hwomestead a-vell into Hand The Guide Post Gwain to Feäir Jeäne o' Grenley Mill The Bells ov Alderburnham The Girt Wold House o' Mossy Stwone A Witch Eclogue:—The Times
SECOND COLLECTION.
Blackmwore Maïdens My Orcha'd in Lindèn Lea Bishop's Caundle Hay Meäkèn—Nunchen Time A Father out an' Mother Hwome Riddles Day's Work a-done Light or Sheäde The Waggon a-stooded Gwaïn down the Steps Ellen Brine ov Allenburn
113 115 116 117 118 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 129
133 134 135 136 137 140 141 142 143 145 145 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 158 159 160 161 162 164 166 167 168 169 170 173 175
185 186 187 189 191 192 196 197 197 201 202
The Motherless Child The Leädy's Tower Fatherhood The Maïd o' Newton Childhood Meäry's Smile Meäry Wedded The Stwonèn Bwoy The Young that died in Beauty Fäir Emily of Yarrow Mill The Scud Mindèn House The Lovely Maïd ov Elwell Meäd Our Fathers' Works The Wold vo'k Dead Culver Dell and the Squire Our Be'thplace The Window freämed wi' Stwone The Waterspring in the Leäne The Poplars The Linden on the Lawn Our abode in Arby Wood Slow to come, quick agone The Vier-zide Knowlwood Hallowed Pleäces The Wold Wall Bleäke's House John Bleäke at Hwome Milkèn Time When Birds be Still Ridèn Hwome at Night Zun-zet. Spring The Zummer Hedge The Water Crowvoot The Lilac The Blackbird The Slantèn light o' Fall Thissledown The May-tree The Lydlinch Bells The Stage Coach Wayfeärèn The Leäne The Raïlroad The Raïlroad Seats Sound o' Water Trees be Company A Pleäce in Zight Gwaïn to Brookwell Brookwell The Shy Man The Winter's Willow I know Who Jessie Lee True Love The Beän-vield Wold Friends a-met Fifehead Ivy Hall False Friends-like The Bachelor Married Peäir's Love-walk A Wife a-praïs'd The Wife a-lost The Thorns in the Geäte
203 204 208 211 212 213 214 215 217 218 219 221 222 224 225 227 229 230 231 232 233 235 236 236 238 240 242 243 245 247 248 249 250 252 253 254 255 256 257 259 259 260 261 263 265 267 268 268 270 270 272 273 275 277 279 281 282 283 284 286 288 289 290 290 292 293 295 296
Angels by the Door Vo'k a-comèn into Church Woone Rule Good Meäster Collins Herrènston Out at Plough The Bwoat The Pleäce our own agean Eclogue:—John an' Thomas Pentridge by the River Wheat The Meäd in June Early risén Zelling woone's Honey Dobbin Dead Happiness Gruffmoody Grim The Turn o' the Days The Sparrow Club Gammony Gaÿ The Heäre Nanny Gill Moonlight on the Door My Love's Guardian Angel Leeburn Mill Praise o' Do'set
THIRD COLLECTION.
Woone Smile Mwore The Echo Vull a Man Naighbour Plaÿmeätes The Lark The Two Churches Woak Hill The Hedger In the Spring The Flood in Spring Comen Hwome Grammer a-crippled The Castle Ruins Eclogue:—John jealous Early Plaÿmeäte Pickèn o' Scroff Good Night Went Hwome The Hollow Woak Childern's Childern The Rwose in the Dark Come Zummer Winds The Neäme Letters The New House a-gettèn Wold Zunday The Pillar'd Geäte Zummer Stream Linda Deäne Eclogue:—Come an' zee us Lindenore Me'th below the Tree Treat well your Wife The Child an' the Mowers The Love Child Hawthorn Down
297 298 299 300 302 304 306 307 308 310 311 313 315 316 317 319 320 322 323 325 327 329 330 331 332 333
339 340 341 343 345 345 347 348 349 350 351 352 354 355 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 370 370 371 373 374 376 377 378 379 381 382 383
Oben Vields What John wer a-tellèn Sheädes Times o' Year Eclogue:—Racketèn Joe Zummer an' Winter To Me Two an' Two The Lew o' the Rick The Wind in Woone's Feäce Tokens Tweil Fancy The Broken Heart Evenèn Light Vields by Watervalls The Wheel Routs Nanny's new Abode Leaves a-vallèn Lizzie Blessens a-left Fall Time Fall The Zilver-weed The Widow's House The Child's Greäve Went vrom Hwome The Fancy Feäir Things do Come Round Zummer Thoughts in Winter Time I'm out o' Door Grief an' Gladness Slidèn Lwonesomeness A Snowy Night The Year-clock Not goo Hwome To-night The Humstrum Shaftesbury Feäir The Beäten Path Ruth a-ridèn Beauty Undecked My love is good Heedless o' my love The Do'set Militia A Do'set Sale Don't ceäre Changes Kindness Withstanders Daniel Dwithen Turnèn things off The Giants in Treädes The Little Worold Bad News The Turnstile The Better vor zeèn o' you Pity John Bloom in Lon'on A Lot o' Maïdens
A List of Some Dorset Words
INDEX.
385 386 387 387 388 391 392 393 394 395 396 396 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 409 410 412 412 414 415 416 417 418 420 421 421 424 426 427 429 430 432 432 434 435 437 437 439 440 441 442 444 445 447 448 449 450 451 453 456
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