"Get Up!"

Original Text: 
Joseph Skipsey, Songs and Lyrics (London: Walter Scott, 1892): 8. British Library 011653.m.45
2    And in the dead of night,
4    I rise a weary wight.
6    My birds are kiss'd, and then
7I with a whistle shut the door,
8    I may not ope again.

Notes

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." Back to Line
3] bairns: children. Back to Line
5] dudden: duds, shabby clothes (old form of the plural? not in OED). Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2001
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