1] Dante G. Rossetti, reviewing Skipsey's A Book of Lyrics on October 29, 1878, said that "`Get up' seems to me equal to anything in the language for direct and quiet pathetic force."
3] bairns: children.
5] dudden: duds, shabby clothes (old form of the plural? not in OED).
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Joseph Skipsey, Songs and Lyrics (London: Walter Scott, 1892):
8. British Library 011653.m.45
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2001
Recent editing: 1:2002/10/5
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