William Barnes

(1801-1886 / England)

William Barnes Poems

1. The Girt Woak Tree That's In The Dell 4/16/2010
2. Evenén In The Village 4/16/2010
3. Vull A Man 4/16/2010
4. Hay-Carren 4/16/2010
5. The Child An' The Mowers 4/16/2010
6. The White Road Up Athirt The Hill 4/16/2010
7. Vields By Watervalls 4/16/2010
8. Hay-Meaken. Nunchen Time 4/16/2010
9. The Young That Died In Beauty 4/16/2010
10. The Year Clock 4/16/2010
11. The Blackbird 4/16/2010
12. The Turnstile 4/16/2010
13. The Peasant's Return 4/16/2010
14. Woone Smile Mwore 1/1/2004
15. My Fore-Elders 4/16/2010
16. Easter Zunday 4/16/2010
17. The Geate A-Vallen To 4/16/2010
18. The Spring 4/16/2010
19. Tokens 1/13/2003
20. Wife A-Lost, The 12/31/2002
21. The Castle Ruins 1/1/2004
22. Mater Dolorosa 1/4/2003
23. Zummer An' Winter 1/13/2003
24. Blackmwore Maidens 1/1/2004
25. Woak Hill 5/8/2001
26. The Wife A-Lost 5/8/2001
27. My Orcha'D In Linden Lea 5/20/2006
28. The Broken Heart 1/13/2003
29. The Surprise 1/13/2003
Best Poem of William Barnes

The Surprise

As there I left the road in May,
And took my way along a ground,
I found a glade with girls at play,
By leafy boughs close-hemmed around,
And there, with stores of harmless joys,
They plied their tongues, in merry noise:
Though little did they seem to fear
So queer a stranger might be near;
Teeh-hee! Look here! Hah! ha! Look there!
And oh! so playsome, oh! so fair.

And one would dance as one would spring,
Or bob or bow with leering smiles,
And one would swing, or sit and sing,
Or sew a stitch or two at whiles,
And one skipped on with downcast ...

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Woak Hill

When sycamore leaves wer a-spreadèn
Green-ruddy in hedges,
Bezide the red doust o' the ridges,
A-dried at Woak Hill;

I packed up my goods all a sheenèn
Wi' long years o' handlèn,
On dousty red wheel ov a waggon,
To ride at Woak Hill.

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