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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 Note
Printings. DCC, 16 May 1839, 2; 1844 63–5; 1847a 77–9.
Prosodic features. Fifty lines grouped in four stanzas of variable length (8 +18 + 10 + 14 lines), and composed in iambic tetrameter couplets. For other poems written exclusively in rhyming couplets, see 5n.
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1 door,] ⁓,— DCC
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Mây!] ⁓,— DCC
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2 green;] ⁓, 1847a
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viel's] viels DCC
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gây;] ⁓,— DCC
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3 fine;] warm, 1847a
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3 fine;] ⁓;— DCC
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4 clouds,] ⁓‸ DCC
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past;] ⁓;— DCC
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5 zun] sun DCC
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6 longer higher] higher dæly 1847a
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7 fiace,] ⁓‸ 1847a
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9 is warm and soft;] 's a-streamèn soft,— 1847a
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9 soft;] ⁓,— 1847a
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11 In] Al DCC
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11 droo] drough DCC (and so in 19)
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house] ⁓, 1847a
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12 cuold] could DCC
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14 out to] below 1847a
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14 sky,] ⁓; DCC 1847a
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16 colors] colours 1847a
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gây] ⁓, DCC
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gown.] ⁓: 1847a
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18 geät] ghiate DCC
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19 parricks] paddicks DCC
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leäd] ⁓, 1847a; l[?]ad DCC
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20 hedges] ⁓, 1847a
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meäd] mĭad DCC
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21 Wher] Where DCC (and so in 29)
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22 grow upon the] rise vrom yoller 1847a
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24 mây] Mây 1847a
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25 bud] bed 1847a
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25 diasy] diaisy 1847a
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bud,] ⁓‸ DCC
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26 trud] tread 1847a
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27 up roun' the] roun' yander DCC
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27 hill,] ⁓‸ DCC
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28 into the woody] the thickly-timber'd 1847a
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28 Al] All 1847a (and so in 37)
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29. squier's house. Barnes's enduring fascination with local examples of 'the stately Homes of England' (Hemans1828: 169) is manifest in such poems as 'Athelhamton House' (1846a 129–32; WBP ii. 694–6) and 'Brookwell' (1859a 126–9; WBP i. 316–18).
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30 His grey-wall'd peaks up droo the row 1847a
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32 nest,] ⁓; 1847a
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33 meäds] mĭads DCC
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34 sky,] ⁓; 1847a
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37 blossoms,] ⁓! DCC
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38 green] fair 1847a
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38 til] till DCC
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fal;] ⁓. DCC; fall, 1847a
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39 The gookoo auver white-wiav'd seas | Da come to zing in thy green trees, 1847a
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39. gookoo. In English poetry the cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) is traditionally the harbinger of spring, because its migratory behaviour brings it back to the British Isles every May. The Dorset voicing of StE k as g in the initial consonant of its onomatopoeic name (Greek κόκκῡξ‎ Latin cuculus; French coucou) corresponds with the most frequently encountered phonetic transcription of the mating call of the male bird. Ignoring the fact that Anglo-Saxons called this bird a gæc or géac (1844 Glossary, Gake or Gawk), Barnes included cuckoo in a list of words that show 'that the principle of imitation has far more influence in the formation of a language, than is commonly believed' (1832b 130). Echoism was among various glottogenetic theories which in 1866 the Linguistic Society of Paris banned discussion of at its meetings (Nuessel 2006: 668–9).
vrom beyand the. In replacing this prosaic phrase with 'auver white-wiav'd' (Apparatus), Barnes manifests his interest in stylistic aureation. When writing to Julia Barnes on 8 April 1826 he had quoted Alessandro Tassoni's remark that 'whatever [Petrarch] touched turned to gold' (Lindgren 1986 a: 82).
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41 insects vust] buttervlees, 1847a
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41 flight] ⁓, DCC 1847a
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42 Da gleäm the muost by thy gây light. 1847a
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42 ther] their DCC
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46 on:] ⁓. DCC
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48 âir] ⁓, DCC
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49 Alassen] Var fear that DCC
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50 O!] ⁓‸ 1847a
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Mây.] ⁓! 1847a
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