Clasics in Ñspel: I AM! by John Clare

I AM!

Jon Cler

I am—yt ẃt I am nn cerz or nz;
Mî frendz fsec m
lîc a meṃri lost:
I am ɖ slf-cnsymr v mî woz—
Ɖe rîz n vaniś in oblivịs host,
Lîc śadoz
in luv’z frenzid stîfld ʈrǒz

N yt I am, n liv—lîc veprz tóst

Intu ɖ nʈñnis v scorn n nôz,
Intu ɖ livñ sì v wecñ drīmz,
Ẃr ɖr z nɖr sns v lîf or jôz,
Bt ɖ vast śiprec

v mî lîf’s istimz;

Īvn ɖ dirist ɖt I luvd ɖ bst
R strenj—

nê, rɖr, strenjr ɖn ɖ rest.

I loñ fr sīnz ẃr man hʈ nvr trod
A ples ẃr wmn

nvr smîld or wept

Ɖr t abîd wɖ mî Crietr, God,
N slīp az I in ćîldhd swītli slept,
Untruḅlñ n untrubld ẃr I lî
Ɖ gras b’lo—abv ɖ vōltd scî.

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