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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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Rvy ov “This Rare Spirit: A life of Charlotte Mew”

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Clasics in Ñspel: “Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin,” by Patrick Kavanagh

Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Patric Caṿna

Lînz Ritn on a Sīt on ɖ Grand Cnal, Dublin
‘Irectd t ɖ Meṃri v Msz Drṃt OBrayn’

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Ǒ cmeṃret m ẃr ɖr z wōtr,
Cnalwōtr, prefṛbli, so stili
Grīni at ɖ hart v sumr. Bruɖr
Cmeṃret m ɖus bytifli
Ẃr bî a loc nîaġṛsli rorz
Ɖ fōlz fr ɖoz hu sit in ɖ tṛmnḍs sîḷns
V mid-Jlî. Nwn wl spīc in prǒz
Hu fîndz hiz we t ɖz Parnasịn îḷndz.
A swon gz bî hed lo wɖ mni apoḷjiz,
Fntastic lît lcs ʈru ɖ îz v brijz –
N lc! a barj cmz brññ fṛm Aʈî
N uɖr far-fluñ tǎnz miʈoḷjiz.
Ǒ cmeṃret m wɖ no hiro-c’rejs
Tūm – jst a cnalbanc sīt fr ɖ pasrbî.

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Clasics in Ñspel: EPIC, by Patrick Kavanagh

Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Patric Caṿna

I hv livd in importnt plesz, tîmz
Ẃn gret ivnts wr dsîdd; hu ǒnd
Ɖt haf a rȕd v roc, a no-man’z land
Srǎndd bî ǎr pićforc-armd clemz.
I hŕd ɖ Dufiz śǎtñ ‘Dám yr soul!’
N old MCeb stript t ɖ weist, sìn
Step ɖ plot dfayñ blu cast-stīl –
‘Hir z ɖ marć alñ ɖz ayn stonz’
Ɖt wz ɖ yir v ɖ Ḿnic boɖr. Ẃć
Wz mor importnt? I inclînd
T lūz mî fe ʈ in Baliruś n Gortin
Tl Homr’z gost cem ẃisṗrñ

t mî mînd.

H sd: I md ɖ Iliad fṛm sć
A locl rǎ.

Godz mc ɖer ǒn importns.

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Clasics in Ñspel: “What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why”, by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Ẃt lips mî lips hv cist, n ẃr, n ẃ”

Edna St Vinsnt Mile

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Ẃt lips mî lips hv cist, n ẃr, n ẃ,
I hv fgotn, n ẃt armz hv lein
Undr mî hed tl mornñ; bt ɖ ren
Z fl v gosts tnît, ɖt tap n sai
Upn ɖ glas n lisn fr rplî,
N in mî hart ɖr strz a qayt pen
Fr unrimembrd ladz ɖt nt agn
Wl trn t m at midnît wɖ a crî.

Ɖus in ɖ wintr standz ɖ lonli tri,
Nr nz ẃt brdz hv vaniśt wn bî wn,
Yt nz its bauz mor sîḷnt ɖn bfr:
I canot se ẃt luvz hv cm n gn,
I onli nǒ ɖt sumr sañ in m
A litl ẃl, ɖt in m sñz no mor.

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Clasics in Ñspel: The little Love-god lying once asleep – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 154

Sonit 154: Ɖ litl Luvgod layñ wns aslip

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Ɖ litl Luvgod layñ wns aslip,
Leid bî hiz sîd hiz hart-inflemñ brand,
Ẃlst mni nimfs ɖt vaud ćeist lîf t cīp
Cem tripñ bî; bt in hr meidn hand
Ɖ fẹrist voṭri tc p ɖt fîr
Ẃć mni lījnz v tru hārts hd wormd;
N so ɖ Jenṛl v hot dzîr
Wz, slīpñ, bî a vrjin hand dsarmd.
Ɖs brand ś qnćid in a cūl wel bî,
Ẃć fṛm Luv’z fîr tc hīt ppćl,
Growñ a baʈ n hlʈfl reṃdi,
Fr men dzizd; bt I, mî mistris’ ʈrōl,
Cem ɖr fr kr n ɖs bî ɖt I pruv,
Luv’z fîr hīts wōtr, wōtr cūlz nt luv.

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Clasics in Ñspel: As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow’st – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 11

Sonit 11: Az fast az ɖǎ ślt wen, so fast ɖǎ grost

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

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Az fast az ɖǎ ślt wen,

so fast ɖǎ grost

In wn v ɖîn,

fṛm ɖt ẃć ɖǎ dpartist;

N ɖt freś blud ẃć yuñli ɖǎ bstost,
Ɖǎ mest cōl ɖîn

ẃn ɖǎ fṛm yʈ cnvrtist.

Hirin livz wizdm, byti, n incris;
Wɖt ɖs foli, ej, n cold dce:
F ol wr mîndd so, ɖ tîmz śd sīs
N ʈrīscor yir wd mc ɖ wrld awe.
Let ɖoz hūm nećr hʈ nt md fr stor,
Harś, fīćrlis, n rūd, baṛnli periś:
Lc hūm ś bst indaud,

ś gev ɖ mor;

Ẃć bǎnćs gift ɖǎ śdst

in bǎnti ćeriś:

Ś carvd ɖi fr hr sìl, n mnt ɖr-bî,
Ɖǎ śdst print mor,

nt let ɖt copi dî.

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Clasics in Ñspel: Who will believe my verse in time to come – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 17

Sonit 17: Hu wl b’liv mî vrs in tîm t cm

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

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Hu wl b’liv mî vrs in tîm t cm,
F it wr fild wɖ yr most hî dzrts?
Ɖo yt hevn nz it z bt az a tūm
Ẃć hîdz yr lîf, n śoz nt haf yr parts.
F I cd rait ɖ byti v yr îz,
N in freś numbrz

numbr ol yr gresz,

Ɖ ej t cm wd se ‘Ɖs powt lîz;
Sć hevnli tućz ner tućt rʈli fesz.’
So śd mî peprz, yeloud wɖ ɖer ej,
B scornd,

lîc old men v les truʈ ɖn tuñ,

N yr tru rîts b trmd a powt’s rej
N strećid mītr v an antīc soñ:
Bt wr sm ćîld v yrz alîv ɖt tîm,
Y śd liv twîs, in it, n in mî rîm.

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Clasics in Ñspel: But wherefore do not you a mightier way – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 16

Sonit 16: Bt ẃr-fr d nt y a mîtịr we

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

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Bt ẃr-fr d nt y a mîtịr we
Mc wor upn ɖs bludi tîṛnt, Tîm?
N forṭfî yrslf in yr dce
Wɖ mīnz mor blesid

ɖn mî baṛn rîm?

Nǎ stand y on ɖ top v hapi aurz,
N mni meidn gardnz, yt unset,
Wɖ vrćs wś wd ber y livñ flǎrz,
Mć lîcr ɖn yr pentd cǎnṭfit:
So śd ɖ lînz v lîf ɖt lîf rper,
Ẃć ɖs, Tîm’z pnsl,

or mî pypl pén,

Nɖr in inwd wrʈ nr ǎtwd fer,
Cn mc y liv yrslf in îz v men.
T gv awe yrslf, cīps yrslf stl,
N y mst liv,

drwn bî yr ǒn swīt scil.

Ø Ο

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Clasics in Ñspel: Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 14

Sonit 14: Nt fṛm ɖ starz d I mî jujmnt pluc

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Nt fṛm ɖ starz d I mî jujmnt pluc;
N yt mīʈncs I hv Astroṇmi,
Bt nt t tel v gd or īvl luc,
V plegz, v drʈs, or sīznz’ qoḷti;
Nr cn I fortyn t brīf minits tel,
Pôntñ t ć hiz ʈundr, ren n wind,
Or se wɖ prinsz f it śl g wel
Bî oft pridict ɖt I in hevn fînd:
Bt fṛm ɖîn îz mî nolij I d’rîv,
N, constnt starz, in ɖm I rīd sć art
Az truʈ n byti śl tgɖr ʈrîv,
F fṛm ɖîslf, t stor ɖǎ wdst cnvrt;
Or els v ɖi ɖs I pṛgnosṭcet:
Ɖî end z truʈ’s n byti’z dūm n det.

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Clasics in Ñspel: O! that you were your self; but, love, you are – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 13

Sonit 13: Ǒ! ɖt y wr yrslf; bt, luv, y r

WIŁM ŚECSPIR

Ø

Ǒ! ɖt y wr yrslf; bt, luv, y r
No longr yrz, ɖn y yrslf hir liv:
Agnst ɖs cmñ end y śd priper,
N yr swīt smbḷns t sm uɖr gv:
So śd ɖt byti ẃć y hold in līs
Fînd no dtrṃneśn; ɖen y wr
Yrslf agn, aftr yrslf’s dsis,
Ẃn yr swīt iśu yr swīt form śd ber.
Hu lets so fer a hǎs fōl t dce,
Ẃć huzbndri in onr mt uphold,
Agnst ɖ stormi gusts v wintr’z de
N baṛn rej v deʈ’z itrnl cold?
Ǒ! nn bt unʈrifts. Dir mî luv, y nǒ,
Y hd a faɖr: let yr sun se so.

Ø Ο

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Clasics in Ñspel: For shame deny that thou bear’st love to any – William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 10

Sonit 10: Fr śem dnî ɖt ɖǎ berst luv t eni

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Fr śem dnî ɖt ɖǎ berst luv t eni,
Hu fr ɖîslf art so unprovidnt.
Grant, f ɖǎ wilt,

ɖǎ art b’luvd v mni,

Bt ɖt ɖǎ nn luvst z most evidnt:
Fr ɖǎ art so pzest wɖ mrdṛs het,
Ɖt ’gnst ɖîslf ɖǎ sticst nt t cnspîr,
Sīcñ ɖt bytịs rūf t ruinet
Ẃć t rper śd b ɖî ćīf dzîr.
Ǒ! ćenj ɖî ʈt,

ɖt I me ćenj mî mînd:

Śl het b fẹrr lojd ɖn jntl luv?
B, az ɖî prezns z, greśs n cînd,
Or t ɖîslf at līst cînd-hartd pruv:
Mc ɖi anɖr slf fr luv v m,
Ɖt byti stl me liv in ɖîn or ɖi.

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