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Poem by William Barnes


First Collection. Spring. May


Come out odoor, tis Spring! tis Maÿ
The trees be green, the vields be gaÿ;
The weathers warm, the winter blast,
Wi all his traïn o clouds, is past;
The zun do rise while vok do sleep.
To teäke a higher daily zweep,
Wi cloudless feäce a-flingèn down
His sparklèn light upon the groun.

The aïrs a-streamèn soft,come drow
The windor open; let it blow
In drough the house, where vire, an door
A-shut, kept out the cwold avore.
Come, let the vew dull embers die,
An come below the open sky;
An wear your best, vor fear the groun
In colours gaÿ mid sheäme your gown:
An goo an rig wi me a mile
Or two up over geäte an stile,
Drough zunny parrocks that do leäd,
Wi crooked hedges, to the meäd,
Where elems high, in steätely ranks,
Do rise vrom yollow cowslip-banks,
An birds do twitter vrom the spraÿ
O bushes deckd wi snow-white maÿ;
An gilcups, wi the deäisy bed,
Be under evry step you tread.

Well wind up roun the hill, an look
All down the thickly-timberd nook,
Out where the squiers house do show
His grey-walld peaks up drough the row
O sheädy elems, where the rook
Do build her nest; an where the brook
Do creep along the meäds, an lie
To catch the brightness o the sky;
An cows, in water to theïr knees,
Do stan a-whiskèn off the vlees.

Mother o blossoms, and ov all
Thats feäir a-vield vrom Spring till Fall,
The gookoo over white-weävd seas
Do come to zing in thy green trees,
An buttervlees, in giddy flight,
Do gleäm the mwost by thy gaÿ light.
Oh! when, at last, my fleshly eyes
Shall shut upon the vields an skies,
Mid zummers zunny days be gone,
An winters clouds be comèn on:
Nor mid I draw upon the eth,
O thy sweet aïr my leätest breath;
Alassen I mid want to staÿ
Behine for thee, O flowry May!



William Barnes

Poem Themes: Spring, May

William Barnes's other poems:
  1. Second Collection. Thissledown
  2. First Collection. Sundry Pieces. The Hwomestead a-vell into Hand
  3. Second Collection. Trees be Company
  4. Third Collection. My love is good
  5. Second Collection. John an Thomas


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