Verse > Anthologies > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. > Poems of Places > England
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
Linden Lea
My Orchet in Linden Lea
William Barnes (1801–1886)
Dorset Dialect

’ITHIN the woodlands, flow’ry gledaed,
  By the woak tree’s mossy moot,
The sheenen grass-bleades, timber-sheaded,
  Now do quiver under voot;
An’ birds do whissle auver head,        5
An’ water ’s bubblen in its bed,
An’ there vor me the apple tree
Do lean down low in Linden Lea.
When leaves that leately wer a-springen
  Now do feade ’ithin the copse,        10
An’ painted birds do hush ther zingen
  Up upon the timber’s tops,
An’ brown-leav’d fruit ’s a-turnen red,
In cloudless zunsheen, auver head,
Wi’ fruit vor me the apple tree        15
Do lean down low in Linden Lea.
Let other vo’k meake money vaster
  In the air o’ dark-room’d towns,
I don’t dread a peevish measter;
  Though noo man do heed my frowns,        20
I be free to goo abrode,
Or teake agean my hwomeward road
To where vor me the apple tree
Do lean down low in Linden Lea.

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