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.
Pentridge by the River
William Barnes (1801–1886)
Dialect of Dorset

PENTRIDGE!—oh! my heart’s a-swellen
Vull wi’ jay to hear ye tellen
  Any news o’ thik wold pleace,
An’ the boughy hedges round it,
An’ the river that do bound it        5
  Wi’ his dark but glisnen feace.
Vor there ’s noo land, on either hand,
To me lik’ Pentridge by the river.
Be there any leaves to quiver
On our aspen by the river?        10
  Doo er sheade the water still,
Where the rushes be a-growen,
Where the sullen Stour ’s a-flowen
  Droo the meads vrom mill to mill?
Vor if a tree wer’ dear to me,        15
Oh! ’t wer’ thik aspen by the river.
There, in eegrass newly shooten,
I did run on even vooten,
  Happy, awver new-mown land;
Or did zing wi’ zingen drushes        20
While I plaited, out o’ rushes,
  Little baskets vor my hand;
Bezide the clote that there did float,
Wi’ yollor blossoms, on the river.
When the western zun ’s a-vallen,        25
What shill vaice is now a-callen
  Hwome the deairy to the pails?
Who do dreve em on, a-flingen
Wide-bow’d horns, or slowly zwingen
  Right an’ left their tufty tails?        30
As they do goo a-huddled droo
The geate a-leaden up vrom river.
Bleaded grass is now a-shooten
Where the vloor wer’ oonce our vooten,
  While the hall wer’ still in pleace,        35
Stwones be looser in the wallen;
Hollor trees be nearer vallen;
  Ev’ry thing ha’ chang’d its feace.
But still the neame do bide the seame,—
’T is Pentridge,—Pentridge by the river.        40

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