William Barnes

(1801-1886 / England)

The Castle Ruins


A HAPPY day at Whitsuntide,
As soon ’s the zun begun to vall,
We all stroll’d up the steep hill-zide
To Meldon, gret an’ small;
Out where the Castle wall stood high
A-mwoldren to the zunny sky.

An’ there wi’ Jenny took a stroll
Her youngest sister, Poll, so gay,
Bezide John Hind, ah! merry soul,
An’ mid her wedlock fay;
An’ at our zides did play an’ run
My little maid an’ smaller son.

Above the baten mwold upsprung
The driven doust, a-spreaden light,
An’ on the new-leav’d thorn, a-hung,
Wer wool a-quiv’ren white;
An’ corn, a-sheenen bright, did bow,
On slopen Meldon’s zunny brow.

There, down the roofless wall did glow
The zun upon the grassy vloor,
An’ weakly-wandren winds did blow,
Unhinder’d by a door;
An’ smokeless now avore the zun
Did stan’ the ivy-girded tun.

My bwoy did watch the daws’ bright wings
A-flappen vrom their ivy bow’rs;
My wife did watch my maid’s light springs,
Out here an’ there vor flow’rs;
And John did zee noo tow’rs, the place
Vor him had only Polly’s face.

An’ there, of all that pried about
The walls, I overlook’d em best,
An’ what o’ that? Why, I made out
Noo mwore than all the rest:
That there wer woonce the nest of zome
That wer a-gone avore we come.

When woonce above the tun the smoke
Did wreathy blue among the trees,
An’ down below, the liven vo’k
Did tweil as brisk as bees:
Or zit wi’ weary knees, the while
The sky wer lightless to their tweil

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: sister, sky, son, happy, light, wind, running, spring, tree

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Castle Ruins by William Barnes )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. Death Of A Naturalist, Seamus Heaney

Poem of the Day

poet Percy Bysshe Shelley

Good-night? ah! no; the hour is ill
Which severs those it should unite;
Let us remain together still,
Then it will be good night.

How can I call the lone night good,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Little Stick Figures, Margaret Alice Second
  2. Racquets in Two-More, douglas scotney
  3. Life is drizzling, Amit Mathur
  4. Out Of My Head, Anuradha Singh
  5. Revealing life in Death, Angell Afinowi
  6. The Jujube Tree And Me, Madathil Nair
  7. AM HOOKED IN YOUR TRUE LOVE., Changez Ndzai
  8. Coffee And Cream Chocolates, Michael P. McParland
  9. Bless You Tonight, Michael P. McParland
  10. You at the Center, rosalinda flores rosevoc
[Hata Bildir]