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The Clote (Water-Lily)

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O zummer clote! when the brook’s a-glidèn
   So slow an’ smooth down his zedgy bed,
Upon thy broad leaves so seäfe a-ridèn
   The water’s top wi’ thy yollow head,
          By alder sheädes, O,
          An’ bulrush beds, O,
Thou then dost float, goolden zummer clote!

The grey-bough’d withy’s a leänèn lowly
   Above the water thy leaves do hide;
The bènden bulrush, a-swaÿèn slowly,
   Do skirt in zummer thy river’s zide;
          An’ perch in shoals, O,
          Do vill the holes, O,
Where thou dost float, goolden zummer clote!

Oh! when thy brook-drinkèn flow’r’s a-blowèn,
   The burnèn zummer’s a-zettèn in;
The time o’ greenness, the time o’ mowèn,
   When in the häy-vield, wi’ zunburnt skin,
          The vo’k do drink, O,
          Upon the brink, O,
Where thou dost float, goolden zummer clote!

Wi’ eärms a-spreadèn, an’ cheäks a-blowèn,
   How proud wer I when I vu’st could swim
Athirt the deep pleäce where thou bist growèn,
   Wi’ thy long more vrom the bottom dim;
          While cows, knee-high, O,
          In brook, wer nigh, O,
Where thou dost float, goolden zummer clote!

Ov all the brooks drough the meäds a-windèn,
   Ov all the meäds by a river’s brim,
There’s nwone so feäir o’ my own heart’s vindèn
   As where the maïdens do zee thee zwim,
          An’ stan’ to teäke, O,
          Wi’ long-stemm’d reäke, O,
Thy flow’r afloat, goolden zummer clote!

Source: Poets of the English Language (Viking Press, 1950)
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The Clote (Water-Lily)

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  • Multitalented poet and autodidact William Barnes was born in Rushay, Dorset, in southern England. He worked as a clerk and a schoolmaster before earning a bachelor of divinity from Cambridge and becoming an ordained minister in the Church of England. He was a strong supporter of the Dorset dialect. When he died in 1886, his Saturday Review obituary read, “There is no doubt that he is the best pastoral poet we possess, the most sincere, the most genuine, the most theocritan; and that the dialect is but a very thin veil hiding from us some of the most delicate and finished verse written in our time.”
    Barnes was chiefly preoccupied with the pastoral life of Dorsetshire in his poetry and was well known for his poem “Linden Lea.” He published a number of collections, including Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect (1844) and Hwomely Rhymes: A Second Collection Of...

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