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Short poem

Joseph Skipsey (1832-1903)

"Get Up!"

              1"Get up!" the caller calls, "Get up!"
              2    And in the dead of night,
              3To win the bairns their bite and sup,
              4    I rise a weary wight.

              5My flannel dudden donn'd, thrice o'er
              6    My birds are kiss'd, and then
              7I with a whistle shut the door,
              8    I may not ope again.


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.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

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

Rhyme: abab

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