William Barnes

(1801-1886 / England)

William Barnes Poems

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

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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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Woone Smile Mwore

O! MARY, when the zun went down,
Woone night in spring, w’ viry rim,
Behind the nap wi’ woody crown,
An’ left your smilen face so dim;
Your little sister there, inside,
Wi’ bellows on her little knee,
Did blow the vire, a-glearen wide
Drough window-panes, that I could zee,—
As you did stan’ wi’ me, avore

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