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

NÎTMEIL

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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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17/01/2021

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