William Barnes (22 February 1801 – 7 October 1886) was an English writer, poet, minister, and philologist. He wrote over 800 poems, some in Dorset dialect and much other work, including a comprehensive English grammar quoting from more than 70 different languages.
- But no. Too soon I voun' my charm abroke.
Noo comely soul in white like her—
Noo soul a-steppen light like her—
An' nwone o' comely height like her—
Went by; but all my grief agean awoke.
- The Wind at the Door, from Poets of the English Language, W. H. Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson (1950)
- Since I do miss your vaice an' feace
In prayer at eventide,
I'll pray wi' woone said vaice vor greace
To goo where you do bide.
- The Wife a-Lost, from The Oxford Book of English Verse (1939)