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 NoteCritical Apparatus86 Christmas invitation

  • 5An' let thy sister tiake thy yarm,
  • Critical Apparatus6The wā'k woont do 'er any harm:
  • 7Ther's noo dirt now to spwile her frock,
  • Critical Apparatus8Var 'tis a-vroze so hard's a rock.
  • Critical Apparatus29Zoo come to marra night, an' mind
  • Critical Apparatus30Don't leäve thy fiddle-bag behind:
  • 31We'll shiake a lag, and drink a cup
  • 32O' yal to kip wold Chris'mas up.

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P1 complete; P2 lines 1–4 only.
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Title A Christmas Invitation P1 P2
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P1 complete; P2 lines 1–4 only.
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Printings. DCC, 20 Dec. 1838, 3; 1844 201–2; 1847a 223–4.
Prosodic features. Thirty-two iambic tetrameters grouped in eight quatrains: for other poems written in quatrains, see 8n. The first three quatrains and the eighth rhyme aabb; the others rhyme abab. The final quatrain is a modified version of the first: for other poems whose forms are comparably cyclic, see 5 29–32n.
Generically, 86 is a verse invitation like Ben Jonson's 'Inviting a Friend to Supper' (Jonson 1975: 55–6). It was the first of Barnes's dialect poems to be printed in the 'Original Poetry' columns of the DCC: see Fig. 1(b) and GI lxxii.
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1 night,] ⁓; 1847a (and so in 29)
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mind] ⁓, 1847a (and so in 29)
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1 to marra] tamarra P1 (and so in 29) P2
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2 leäve] lieave DCC (and so in 30)
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behind.] ⁓: 1847a
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2 leäve] lieave P1 P2
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3 lag] ⁓, DCC
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4 yal] yale, 1847a (and so in 32)
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kip] keep 1847a (and so in 32)
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4 Chris'mas] Chrismas P1 (and so in 32)
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6 harm:] ⁓; 1847a
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6 wā'k] waak P1
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8 Var 'tis] The ground's 1847a
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9–10 Ya woon't meet any strannger's fiace, | But only nâighbours o' the pliace, 1847a
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9 bēn't] ben't DCC
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stranngers] strangers DCC
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9 bēn't] bient P1
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stranngers] st\r/angers P1
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'ull] will P1
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10 nâighbours] naighbours P1
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11 Vrom] An' 1847a
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11 Combe,] Combe; 1847a
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11 Combe] Coomb P1
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12 uncles] Uncle's DCC; uncle's 1847a
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12 uncles] Uncle's P1
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12. Rookery. Not identified, but presumably the name of a farmhouse whose elm trees hosted the nests of several pairs of rooks (cf. 17 12n).
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13 vine] vind 1847a
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ruozy] ruosy 1847a
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13 woot] wuot P1
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14 ov] o' P1
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14, 16. eyes … needen tell … whose. Cf. 66 13n. Refusal-to-name (antonomasia) reappears as a structural device in 'You Know Who' (1859a 134–5; WBP i. 321–2).
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15 al] al' DCC (and so in 24); all 1847a (and so in 24)
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pliace.] ⁓,— 1847a
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15 pirtiest] purtiest P1
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16 I'm] Im P1
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17 got] g[ot?] DCC
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17 We] Wee P1
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bran'] bran P1
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17. back bran'. 'Customs of mirth' preserved 'in old Dorset', Barnes noted, included 'a "Yule-log" or "Back brand", a great log of wood burning against the back of the hearth, from within the old year into the new one; a token, it may be, of the sun's new start for summer heat' (1886b 3). A host who wanted 'to meäke good cheer' would therefore 'heave on a brand avore | The vier-back' (1859a 142; WBP i. 326). Guests were unlikely to go home before 'tha burn'd the bron' (92 44).
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18 car:] ⁓; 1847a
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18 ov] of P1
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19 put 'em] putt em P1
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20 bar,] ⁓. DCC 1847a
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20 An'] An P1
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21 tell his tiale] \<zing his zong>/ ⁓ P1
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21 ev'ry] evry P1
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wull] wul P1 (and so in 22, 23)
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21. tell his tiale. Barnes uses the phrase here in the narrative sense of 'telling' rather than the numerical sense of 'tallying' (cf. 23 8n).
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22 ev'ry] every P1 (and so in 23)
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23 yal,] ⁓‸ DCC; yale‸ 1847a
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24 frien'ship] friendship P1
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25 snap] znap P1
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bal] bal<l> P1
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26 rise] raise P1
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27 mâidens] Māidens P1
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squal] [?]qual P1
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28 ō'm] o'm P1
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bline-man's] blindmans P1
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29 to marra] to morra DCC
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30 leäve] live P1
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