This week we tab William Barnes to be featured in the POETIC BLOOMINGS READING ROOM. Barnes was an English poet and writer who was renowned for his Dorset dialect poems. Barnes’s poems are well honed with a singular sweetness, tenderness and feeling. He offered deep insight into the humility of country life and of simple character, and an excellent feeling for local scenery and customs. Here in one of his aforementioned Dorset dialect poems is William Barnes’ poem, “The Broken Heart”.
THE BROKEN HEART
by William Barnes
News o’ grief had overteaken
Dark-eyed Fanny, now vorseaken;
There she zot, wi’ breast a-heaven,
While vrom zide to zide, wi’ grieven,
Vell her head, wi’ tears a-creepen
Down her cheaks, in bitter weepen.
There wer still the ribbon-bow
She tied avore her hour ov woe,
An’ there wer still the hans that tied it
Or wringen tight,
In ceare that drowned all ceare bezide it.
When a man, wi’ heartless slighten,
Mid become a maiden’s blighten,
He mid cearelessly vorseake her,
But must answer to her Meaker;
He mid slight, wi’ selfish blindness,
All her deeds o’ loven-kindness,
God wull waigh ’em wi’ the slighten
That mid be her love’s requiten;
He do look on each deceiver,
He do know
What weight o’ woe
Do break the heart ov ev’ry griever.