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Thread #162666   Message #3942874
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
10-Aug-18 - 06:49 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
'Waugh, Axon, Bamford and the other weaver poets',

Waugh was not a weaver, though he may have been a poet. He worked in printing and publishing.

Here's a bit of Bamford:

God help the poor, who in this wintry morn,
Come forth of alleys dim and courts obscure;
God help yon poor, pale girl, who droops forlorn,
And meekly her affliction doth endure!
God help the outcast lamb! she trembling stands,
All wan her lips, and frozen red her hands;
Her mournful eyes are modestly down cast,
Her night-black hair streams on the fitful blast;
Her bosom, passing fair, is half reveal'd,
And oh! so cold the snow lies there congeal'd;
Her feet benumb'd, her shoes all rent and worn; ?
God help thee, outcast lamb, who stand'st forlorn!
                                           God help the poor!

To me, this is fairly standard 19th century 'literary' stuff. Basically iambic pentameter, with some variation for interest. Interesting rhyming scheme. Christian symbolism with mention of 'lambs' and of course 'God!'. Repetition and replacement. Some archaic language choice, reminiscent of bible 'doth' and 'thee'.