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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Jessie Lee
By William Barnes (1801–1886)
 
  ABOVE the timber’s bendèn sh’ouds,
    The western wind did softly blow;
  An’ up avore the knap, the clouds
    Did ride as white as driven snow.
  Vrom west to east the clouds did zwim        5
  Wi’ wind that plied the elem’s lim’;
Vrom west to east the stream did glide,
  A sheenèn wide, wi’ windèn brim.
 
  How feäir, I thought, avore the sky
    The slowly-zwimmèn clouds do look;        10
  How soft the win’s a-streamèn by;
    How bright do roll the weävy brook:
  When there, a-passèn on my right,
  A-walkèn slow, an’ treadèn light,
Young Jessie Lee come by, an’ there        15
  Took all my ceäre, an’ all my zight.
 
  Vor lovely wer the looks her feäce
    Held up avore the western sky:
  An’ comely wer the steps her peäce
    Did meäke a-walkèn slowly by:        20
  But I went east, wi’ beatèn breast,
  Wi’ wind, an’ cloud, an’ brook, vor rest,
Wi’ rest a-lost, vor Jessie gone
  So lovely on, toward the west.
 
  Blow on, O winds, athirt the hill;        25
    Zwim on, O clouds; O waters vall,
  Down maeshy rocks, vrom mill to mill:
    I now can overlook ye all.
  But roll, O zun, an’ bring to me
  My day, if such a day there be,        30
When zome dear path to my abode
  Shall be the road o’ Jessie Lee.
 
 
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