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Clasics in Ñspel: THE FARMER’S BRIDE, by Charlotte Mew

Ɖ FARMR’Z BRÎD

Śarlót My

Ʈri sumrz sins I ćouz a meid,
Tù yuñ mbi – bt mor’z t d
At harvisțîm ɖn bîd n wu.
Ẃn s wz wed ś trnd afreid
V luv n m n ol ʈñz hymn;
Lîc ɖ śut v a wintr’z de
Hr smîl wnt ǎt,

n twad’nt a wmn –

Mor lîc a litl frîtnd fei.
Wn nît, in ɖ Fōl, ś rund awe.

“Ǎt muñ ɖ śīp, hr b,” ɖe sd,
Śd proprli hv bn abed;
Bt śr inuf ś wod’nt ɖr
Layñ awec wɖ hr wîd brǎn stér.
So ovr sevn-ecr fīld

n p alñ acrs ɖ dǎn

W ćest hr, flayñ lîc a hér
Bfr ǎr lantnz. T Ćrćtǎn
Ol in a śivr n a scer
W còt hr, fećt hr hom at last
N trnd ɖ ci upn hr, fast.

Ś dz ɖ wrc abt ɖ hǎs
Az wel az most, bt lîc a mǎs:
Hapi inuf t ćat n ple
Wɖ brdz n rabits n sć az ɖe,
So loñ az menfoc cīp awe.
“Nt nir, nt nir!” hr îz bsić
Ẃn wn v s cmz wɖn rīć.
Ɖ wimin se ɖt bīsts in stōl
Lc rnd lîc ćildṛn at hr cōl.
I’v hardli hŕd hr spīc at ol.

Śî az a levṛt, swift az h,
Stret n slît az a yuñ larćtri,
Swīt az ɖ frst wîld vayḷts, ś,
T hr wîld slf. Bt ẃt t m?

Ɖ śort dez śortn n ɖ ocs r brǎn,
Ɖ blu smoc rîzz t ɖ lo gre scî,
Wn līf in ɖ stil er fōlz slǒli dǎn,
A magpî’z spotd feɖrz lî
On ɖ blac rʈ spred ẃît wɖ raim,
Ɖ bériz redn p t Crisṃs tîm.
Ẃt’s Crisṃs tîm wɖt ɖr b
Sm uɖr in ɖ hǎs ɖn w!

Ś slīps p in ɖ atic ɖr
Alon, pur meid. Tiz bt a ster
Btwixt s. Ǒ! mî God! ɖ dǎn,
Ɖ soft yuñ dǎn v hr, ɖ brǎn,
Ɖ brǎn v hr – hr îz, hr her, hr her!

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CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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Clasics in Ñspel: ROOMS, by Charlotte Mew

RŪMZ

Śarlót My

I rmembr rūmz ɖt hv hd ɖer part
In ɖ stedi slowñ dǎn v ɖ hart.
Ɖ rūm in Paris, ɖ rūm at Jnīva,
Ɖ litl damp rūm wɖ ɖ sìwīd smel,
N ɖt sīslis maḍnñ sǎnd v ɖ tîd—
Rūmz ẃr fr gd or fr il—ʈñz daid.
Bt ɖr z ɖ rūm ẃr w (tū) lî ded,
Ɖo evri mornñ w sīm t wec

n mt jst az wel sīm t slīp agn

Az w śl smẃr in ɖ uɖr qaytr, dustịr bed
Ǎt ɖr in ɖ sún—in ɖ ren.

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CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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Clasics in Ñspel: THE TREES ARE DOWN, by Charlotte Mew

Ɖ TRIZ AR DǍN

Śarlót My

—n h craid wɖ a lǎd vôs:
Hrt nt ɖ rʈ, nɖr ɖ sì, nr ɖ triz—

(Reṿleśn)

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Ɖe r cutñ dǎn ɖ gret plein-triz

at ɖ end v ɖ gardnz.

Fr dez ɖr hz bn ɖ greit v ɖ sw,

ɖ swiś v ɖ branćz az ɖe fōl,

Ɖ craś v ɖ truncs, ɖ rusl v trodn līvz,
Wɖ ɖ ‘Ẃūps’ n ɖ ‘Wǒz,’ ɖ lǎd comn tōc,

ɖ lǎd comn lafs v ɖ men, abv it ol.

I rmembr wn īvnñ v a loñ past Sprñ
Trnñ in at a get, gtñ ǎt v a cart, n fîndñ

a larj ded rat in ɖ mud v ɖ drîv.

I rmembr ʈncñ: alîv or ded,

a rat wz a god-fōrsecn ʈñ,

Bt at līst, in Me, ɖt īvn a rat śd b alîv.

Ɖ wīc’s wrc hir z az gd az dn.

Ɖr z jst wn bau

On ɖ ropt boul, in ɖ fîn gre ren,
Grīn n hî
N lonli agnst ɖ scî.
(Dǎn nǎ!—)
N bt fr ɖt,
F an old ded rat
Dd wns, fr a momnt, unmec ɖ Sprñ,

I mt nvr hv ʈt v him agn.

It z nt fr a momnt ɖ Sprñ z unmed tde;
Ɖz wr gret triz,

it wz in ɖm fṛm rūt t stem:

Ẃn ɖ men wɖ ɖ ‘Ẃūps’ n ɖ ‘Wǒz’

hv cartd ɖ hol v ɖ ẃisṗrñ luvlinis

awe

Haf ɖ Sprñ, fr m, wl hv gn wɖ ɖm.

It z gwñ nǎ, n mî hart hz bn struc

wɖ ɖ harts v ɖ pleinz;

Haf mî lîf it hz bìt wɖ ɖz, in ɖ sún,

in ɖ renz,

In ɖ Marć wind, ɖ Me brīz,
In ɖ gret gelz ɖt cem ovr t ɖm

acrs ɖ rūfs fṛm ɖ gret sìz.

Ɖr wz onli a qayt ren ẃn ɖe wr dayñ;
Ɖe mst hv hŕd ɖ sparoz flayñ,
N ɖ smōl crīpñ crīćrz

in ɖ rʈ ẃr ɖe wr layñ—

Bt I, ol de, I hŕd an enjl crayñ:
‘Hrt nt ɖ triz.’

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CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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Clasics in Ñspel: NOT FOR THAT CITY, by Charlotte Mew

NT FR ƉT SITI

Śarlót My

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Nt fr ɖt siti v ɖ levl sún,
Its goldn strīts n gliṭrñ gets ablez—
Ɖ śêdlis, slīplis siti v ẃît dez,
Ẃît nîts, or nîts n dez ɖt r az wn—
W wiri, ẃn ol z sd , ol ʈt, ol dn.
W stren ǎr îz bynd ɖs dusc t si
Ẃt, fṛm ɖ ʈreśhold v itrṇti
W śl step intu. No, I ʈnc w śun
Ɖ splendr v ɖt eṿlastñ gler,
Ɖ clamr v ɖt nvr-endñ soñ.
N f fr enʈñ w gretli loñ,
It z fr sm rmot n qayt ster
Ẃć windz t sîḷns n a spes fr slīp
Tù sǎnd fr wecñ n fr drīmz tù dīp.

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CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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About Poets: SALENA GODDEN

Clasics in Ñspel: ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, as sung by Paul Robeson

OL ƮRU Đ NÎT

az suñ bî Pōl Rǒbsn, best lūsli on ɖ Wlś orijinl “Ar hyd y nos

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Slīp mî luv n pīs atnd ɖi
Ol ʈru ɖ nît
Gardịn enjlz God wl lend ɖi
Ol ʈru ɖ nît

Soft ɖ drǎzi aurz r crīpñ
Hil n vel in slumbr slīpñ
Luv alon hiz woć z cīpñ
Ol ʈru ɖ nît

Luv, t ɖi mî ʈts r trnñ
Ol ʈru ɖ nît
N fr ɖi mî hart z yrnñ
Ol ʈru ɖ nît

Đo sad fet ǎr lîvz me sévr
Partñ wl nt last fr evr
Đr’z a hop ɖt līvz m nvr
Ol ʈru ɖ nît

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CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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About Poets: RUTH PADEL

About Poets: EDWIN MORGAN

About Poets: RACHEL LONG