Service of Remembrance to William Barnes
By Marion Tait
On Sunday 8h October 2017 10:30am, at St Peterâ€™s Church, Dorchester, the Morning Service to commemorate the death of William Barnes took place. It was followed by a wreath laying at the statute.
17th Sunday of Trinity.
The Service was officiated by the Revd. Claire McClelland and the Revd. Canon Richard Franklin preached the Sermon.
It was a beautiful day with sun shining and a blue sky. There was a good attendanceÂ from both the congregation and William Barnes Society members
The hymns for the service included:
- Christ is made the sure foundation
- God is love, his the care
- Great is thy faithfulness
- When I survey the wondrous Cross
- All for Jesus.
The post communion anthem â€˜A Graceâ€™ was written by William Barnes with music composed by the Churchâ€™s Director of Music, David Fawcett, and sung beautifully by St Peterâ€™s Church choir.Â It was the first time the anthem had been heard in public.
Sermon-Matthew 21. 33-endÂ Â The Parable of the Wicked Tenants.
Canon Richard Franklin gave a very interesting and thought provoking sermon where he linked the gospel reading regardingÂ the tenants being thrown out of theÂ vineyard to the plight ofÂ tenant and other small farmers in the Blackmore Vale where William Barnes grew up.Â He outlined some of Barnesâ€™ achievements as a poet and scholar. before considering the religious elements in his work, his love of nature, his trust in God,Â the connection between faith and life and finally the dignity of work.
Canon Franklin presented Barnes as manifesting the best of Anglicanism, indeed the best of Christianity.Â William Barnes spoke to his parishioners in the language of ordinary people-Dorset dialect.Â He concluded by emphasising the importance of caring for creation and the need for the church to stay close to the society it serves.
Following the sermon Brian Caddy the William Barnes Society Chairman read a dialect poem â€˜Sleep did come wi the dewâ€™
Sleep did come wi the dew
By William Barnes
O WHEN our zunâ€˜s a-zinkÃ¨n low,
How softâ€˜s the light his fiace da drow
Upon the backward road our mind,
Da turn anâ€˜ zee a-left behind;
When we, in chilehood, usâ€˜d to vind
Delight among the gilcup flowâ€˜rs,
Al droo the zummerâ€˜s zunny hours;
Anâ€˜ sleep did come wiâ€˜ the dew.
Anâ€˜ Äâ€˜terwards, when we did zweat
A-twilÃ¨n in the zummer het,
Anâ€˜ when our daely work wer done
Did use to have our evemen fun;
Till up above the zettÃ¨n zun
The sky wer blushÃ¨n in the west,
Anâ€˜ we laid down in peace to rest;
Anâ€˜ sleep did come wiâ€˜ the dew.
Ah! zome da turn,â€”but tidden right,â€”
The night to dae, anâ€˜ dae to night;
But we da zee the vust red strÄ“ak
Oâ€˜ marnen, when the dae da brÄ“ak;
Anâ€˜ zoo we benâ€˜t so piale anâ€˜ wÄ“ak,
But we da work wiâ€˜ health anâ€˜ strangth
Vrom marnen droo the whuole daeâ€˜s langth,
Anâ€˜ sleep da come wiâ€˜ the dew.
Anâ€˜ when, at laste, our ethly light
Is jist a-draÃ¨n in to night,
We mid be sure that GOD above,
If we be true when he da prove
Our steadfast fÃ¢ith, anâ€˜ thankvul love,
Wull do var we what mid be best,
Anâ€˜ tiake us into endless rest;
As sleep da come wiâ€˜ the dew.
After the Service the choir processed to the ceremony at the William Barnesâ€™ statue.
The choir sang 'Linden Lea' -words by William Barnes with music composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The wreath was laid at the foot of William Barnes statue by David Downton,Â Dave BurbidgeÂ read the first part ofÂ verse 4 from 'Culver Dell and the Squire'.Â
â€˜But now I hope his kindly feace, is gone to vind a better place, But still, wi vok a left behind, Heâ€™ll always be a kept in mind.
This was followed by a short prayer by the Revd. Claire McClelland.
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