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Clasics in Ñspel: REFUGEE BLUES, by W.H. Auden

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Se ɖs siti hz ten miłn soulz,
Sm r livñ in manśnz, sm r livñ in houlz:
Yt ɖr’z no ples fr s, mî dir,

yt ɖr’z no ples fr s.

Wns w hd a cuntri n w ʈt it fer,
Lc in ɖ atḷs n y’l fînd it ɖr:
W canot g ɖr nǎ, mî dir,

w canot g ɖr nǎ.

In ɖ vilijćrćyard ɖr groz an old ȳ,
Evri sprñ it blosmz any;
Old pasports c’nt d ɖt, mî dir,

old pasports c’nt d ɖt.

Ɖ consl bañd ɖ tebl n sd:
‘F y’v got no pasport, y’r ofiṣ́li ded’;
Bt w r stl alîv, mî dir,

bt w r stl alîv.

Wnt t a cmiti; ɖe ofrd m a ćer;
Asct m p’lîtli t rtrn nxt yir:
Bt ẃr śl w g tde, mî dir,

bt ẃr śl w g tde?

Cem t a public mītñ; ɖ spīcr got p n sd:
‘F w let ɖm in, ɖe wl stìl ǎr dêli bred’;
H wz tōcñ v y n m, mî dir,

h wz tōcñ v y n m.

Ʈt I hŕd ɖ ʈundr rumḅlñ in ɖ scî;
It wz Hitlr ovr Yṛp, seyñ: ‘Ɖe mst dî’;
W wr in hiz mînd, mî dir,

w wr in hiz mînd.

Sw a pūdl in a jacit fasnd wɖ a pin,
Sw a dor opnd n a cat let in:
Bt ɖe wr’nt Jrmn Juz, mî dir,

bt ɖe wr’nt Jrmn Juz.

Wnt dǎn ɖ harbr n std upn ɖ cì,
Sw ɖ fiś swimñ az f ɖe wr fri:
Onli ten fīt awe, mî dir,

onli ten fīt awe.

Wōct ʈru a wŭd, sw ɖ brdz in ɖ triz;
Ɖe hd no poḷtiśnz n sañ at ɖer īz:
Ɖe wr’nt ɖ hymn res, mî dir,

ɖe wr’nt ɖ hymn res.

Drīmd I sw a bildñ wɖ a ʈǎznd florz,
A ʈǎznd windoz n a ʈǎznd dorz;
Nt wn v ɖm wz ǎrz, mî dir,

nt wn v ɖm wz ǎrz.

Std on a gret plen in ɖ fōlñ sno;
Ten ʈǎznd soljrz marćt t n fro:
Lcñ fr y n m, mî dir,

lcñ fr y n m.

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REFYJĪZ, Brayn Bilstn

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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Clasics in Ñspel: LOOK, STRANGER, by W.H. Auden

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WH Ōdn

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Lc, strenjr, on ɖs îḷnd nǎ
Ɖ līpñ lît fr yr dlît dscuvrz.
Stand stebl hir
N sîḷnt b,
Ɖt ʈru ɖ ćanlz v ɖ ir
Me wondr lîc a rivr
Ɖ sweyñ sǎnd v ɖ sì.

Hir at a smōl fīld’z endñ pōz
Ẃr ɖ ćōc wōl fōlz t ɖ fom n its tōl lejz
Opoz ɖ pluc
N noc v ɖ tîd,
N ɖ śngl scramblz aftr ɖ sucñ srf,
N a gul lojz
A momnt on its śir sîd.

Far of lîc flotñ sīdz ɖ śips
Dvrj on rjnt voḷntri eṛndz,
N ɖs fl vy
Indd me entr
N muv in meṃri az nǎ ɖz clǎdz d,
Ɖt pas ɖ harbr mirr
N ol ɖ sumr ʈru ɖ wōtr sōntr.

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CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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Clasics in Ñspel: NIGHT MAIL, by W.H. Auden

NÎTMEIL

WH Ōdn

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Ɖs z ɖ nîtmeil crosñ ɖ Bordr,
Brññ ɖ ćéc n ɖ postl ordr,
Letrz fr ɖ rić,
letrz fr ɖ pur,
Ɖ śop at ɖ cornr, ɖ grl nxt dor.

Pŭlñ p Bìtoc, a stedi clîm:
Ɖ gredịnt’s agnst hr, bt ś’z on tîm.

Past cotngras n murḷnd bǒldr
Śuṿlñ ẃît stīm ovr hr śoldr,

Snortñ nôẓli az ś pasz
Sîḷnt mîlz v wind-bnt grasz.

Brdz trn ɖer hedz az ś aproćz,
Stér fṛm bśz at hr blanc-fest coćz.

Śīpdogz canot trn hr cors;
Ɖe slumbr on wɖ pwz acrs.

In ɖ farm ś pasz nwn wecs,
Bt a jug in a bedrūm jntli śecs.

Dōn freśnz, hr clîm z dn.
Dǎn twdz Glazgo ś dsndz,
Twdz ɖ stīmtugz yelpñ dǎn a gled v crenz
Twdz ɖ fīldz v aṗreṭs, ɖ frṇsz
Set on ɖ darc plen lîc jîgantic ćésmen.
Ol Scotḷnd wêts fr hr:
In darc glenz, bsd pel-grīn lohs
Men loñ fr nyz.

Letrz v ʈancs, letrz fṛm bancs,
Letrz v jô fṛm grl n bô,
Rsitd bílz n invteśnz
T inspct ny stoc or t vizit rleśnz,
N apḷceśnz fr sićueśnz,
N timid luvrz’ decḷreśnz,
N gosip, gosip fṛm ol ɖ neśnz,
Nyz srcmstanśl, nyz fnanśl,
Letrz wɖ hoḷdesnaps t inlarj in,
Letrz wɖ fesz scrōld on ɖ marjin,
Letrz fṛm unclz, cuznz, n ānts,
Letrz t Scotḷnd fṛm ɖ Sǎʈ v Frans,
Letrz v cndoḷns t Hîḷndz n Lǒḷndz
Ritn on pepr v evri hy,
Ɖ pnc, ɖ vayḷt, ɖ ẃît n ɖ blu,
Ɖ ćati, ɖ cati, ɖ borñ, ɖ adorñ,
Ɖ cold n ofiśl n ɖ hart’s ǎtporñ,
Clevr, stypid, śort n loñ,
Ɖ tîpt n ɖ printd n ɖ spelt ol roñ.

Ʈǎzndz r stl aslip,
Drīmñ v teṛfayñ monstrz
Or v frendli ti bsd ɖ band

in Cranstn’z or Crōf̣d’z:

Aslip in wrcñ Glazgo,

aslip in wel-set Ednbra,

Aslip in granit Aḅdīn,
Ɖe cntiny ɖer drīmz,
Bt śl wec sn n hop fr letrz,
N nn wl hír ɖ postmn’z noc
Wɖt a qc̣nñ v ɖ hart,
Fr hu cn ber t fīl himslf fgotn?

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CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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