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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Zummer an’ Winter
By William Barnes (1801–1886)
 
WHEN I led by zummer streams
  The pride o’ Lea, as naïghbours thought her,
While the zun, wi’ evenèn beams,
  Did cast our sheädes athirt the water:
        Winds a-blowèn,        5
        Streams a-flowèn,
        Skies a-glowèn,
Tokens ov my jay zoo fleetèn,
Heightened it, that happy meetèn.
 
Then, when maïd and man took pleäces,        10
  Gay in winter’s Chris’mas dances,
Showèn in their merry feäces
  Kindly smiles an’ glisnèn glances:
        Stars a-winkèn,
        Days a-shrinkèn,        15
        Sheädes a-zinkèn,
Brought anew the happy meetèn,
That did meäke the night too fleetèn.
 
 
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