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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
In the Spring
By William Barnes (1801–1886)
MY love is the maïd ov all maïdens,
  Though all mid 1 be comely,
Her skin ’s lik’ the jessamy blossom
  A-spread in the Spring.
Her smile is so sweet as a baby’s        5
  Young smile on his mother,
Her eyes be as bright as the dew drop
  A-shed in the Spring.
O grey-leafy pinks o’ the geärden,
  Now bear her sweet blossoms;        10
Now deck wi’ a rwose-bud, O briar,
  Her head in the Spring.
O light-rollèn wind, blow me hither
  The vaïce 2 ov her talkèn,
O bring vrom her veet the light doust 3        15
  She do tread in the Spring.
O zun, meäke the gil’cups all glitter
  In goold all around her,
An’ meäke o’ the deäisys’ white flowers
  A bed in the Spring.        20
O whissle, gaÿ birds, up bezide her,
  In drong-waÿ 4 an’ woodlands,
O zing, swingèn lark, now the clouds
  Be a-vled 5 in the Spring!
Note 1. mid] may. [back]
Note 2. vaïce] voice. [back]
Note 3. doust] dust. [back]
Note 4. drong-waÿ] hedged track. [back]
Note 5. Be a-vled] have flown. [back]

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