William Barnes

T. L. Burton and K. K. Ruthven (eds), The Complete Poems of William Barnes, Vol. 1: Poems in the Broad Form of the Dorset Dialect

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Editor’s Note47 Thatchèn o' the rick

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Editor’s Note
Printings. DCC, 12 Aug. 1841, 2; 1844 128–30; 1847a 146–8.
Prosodic features. Fifty-four iambic tetrameters paired in twenty-seven rhyming couplets and grouped in three incremental stanzas (12 + 18 + 24 lines). For other poems written exclusively in rhyming couplets, see 5n.
Like the roofs of cottages, hayricks were 'thatch'd ageän the raïny sky' (1859a 83; WBP i. 288). Prior to thatching, a rick was temporarily showerproofed with a cone-cap (36 45–6n).
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1–2 As I wer out in meäd laste wik, | A-ðatchen o' my little rick, 1847a
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2 meäd] meead DCC
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laste] last DCC
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3 Ther] Wher DCC
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5 groun'] ⁓, 1847a
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6 brown,] ⁓. DCC
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7 a-freed] āfreed DCC
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8 work] ⁓, 1847a
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veed,] ⁓; 1847a
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11 râils] ⁓, 1847a
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13 sun] zun 1847a
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14 mēshy] mossy DCC
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14 cluose] clouse DCC
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15 curdled] curled DCC
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16 green.] ⁓: 1847a
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18 below] ⁓, 1847a
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18–19. On the gendered division of labour in Blackmore Vale families, see 41 18–19n.
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19 var] hard 1847a
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19 oon's] oone's 1847a
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20 fiare] fiar DCC
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22 up] ⁓, 1847a
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love] ⁓, 1847a
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23 vine] vind 1847a
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24 dead;] ⁓, 1847a
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28 thēy] tha DCC; thā 1847a
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heth-stuone,] ⁓‸ 1847a
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29 roun'] ⁓, 1847a
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31 buoys] ⁓, 1847a
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spars] ⁓, 1847a
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32 tâitèn down upon] down a-tâitèn on 1847a
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33 zot a-cuttèn] busy cutten DCC
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35 oon] oone 1847a
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36 groun'] groun DCC
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40 shew] show 1847a
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44 king.] ⁓; 1847a
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44. begrudg'd o' … king. Similar expressions of rural contentment with one's station in life are recorded in 1 7n.
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45 me] ⁓, 1847a
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near] ⁓, 1847a
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46 muoast] muost 1847a
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fear;] ⁓, 1847a
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47 wa'k] wa ke DCC
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pliace.] ⁓, 1847a
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48 fiace.] ⁓, DCC
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49 come,] ⁓‸ 1847a
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heads] ⁓, 1847a
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50 beds,] ⁓? 1847a
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51 coach] ⁓, 1847a
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oone] oon DCC
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52 oons] oon's DCC; oone's 1847a
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nâighbour's] nâighbours DCC
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fine:] ⁓, DCC; ⁓? 1847a
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53 feäst] feeast DCC; ⁓, 1847a
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54 leäst] least DCC
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54. want the leäst. The poem ends with a moralizing saw similar to those found in popular almanacs like Old Moore's (75 54–5n; cf. 63 25–32), whose political purpose was to persuade people that contentment with one's lot is morally superior to agitating for a living wage. See 44 2n.
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