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Author:  Annied [ 09 Jul 2020, 22:44 ]
Post subject:  Victorian Puzzle Poem 15

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Author:  Noreen [ 10 Jul 2020, 07:53 ]
Post subject:  Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem 15

Golly! Is this one called' April Tears'? Plenty of mysterious objects, especially the amorphous mass in line 5; and our old friend the four-dot symbol for 'as'...

Author:  abbeybufo [ 10 Jul 2020, 09:43 ]
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Another old friend the theta, too!

Author:  Noreen [ 13 Jul 2020, 14:49 ]
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OK, let's make a start.

5. As the street and in the town(?) I wend
6. What storms conspire...
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8. And blessing from both rich and poor s...... .end

Author:  abbeybufo [ 14 Jul 2020, 21:43 ]
Post subject:  Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem 15

Right, had a bit of a look and added a bit more - agree the mass in l 5 is tow ...

Title – April Tears
1. O, how I long for summer’s kiss and flowers
2. D …………..guest………….embrace
3. With tears of April flooding all my face
4. I prithee go and leave us ………hours
5. As up the street and in the town I wend
6. What storms conspire long winter’s woes ...
7. O smiles of May, O flowers of all....…heel/heal
8. And blessing from both rich and poor s...... end
9. Would that repented sin ……………… reinforce
10. Would burst and yield as sure l………
11. …….… were worthiest/worth the…..…life of storms and rains
12. To gain…………gate…………..course

Author:  Noreen [ 16 Jul 2020, 16:03 ]
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Line 6 I think contains two seals minus 's' at the end, so 'to seal'

ETA And maybe lines 11 and 12 are
11. Would burst and yield as surely flowers
12 'Twere worth the ... life of storms and showers

Author:  abbeybufo [ 17 Jul 2020, 21:59 ]
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Seals, yes, I was thinking rubber stamps, and couldn't fit them in at all!

Happy with your version of 11 & 12

Author:  Annied [ 29 Jul 2020, 14:21 ]
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Apologies for the silence at my end. Between watching the ospreys and operating a production line making the face masks I wrote about on the Lockdown Projects thread (the response has exceeded my wildest hopes, despite the fact that I'm a born optimist!), I haven't had much opportunity to bend my mind to this one!

Does anyone have anything further to add, or shall I post the solution?

Author:  abbeybufo [ 29 Jul 2020, 15:28 ]
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I'd almost forgotten this ... no more to add

Author:  Annied [ 30 Jul 2020, 15:47 ]
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I've been taking a look over a quick cup of tea and have the following suggestions.

Line 8 I think the last word is "blend"
Line 10 I think it's "as surely" and the last word presumably rhymes with "rains"
Line 12 I think it's "To gain at last a gate"

Author:  abbeybufo [ 30 Jul 2020, 15:57 ]
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Annied wrote:
I've been taking a look over a quick cup of tea and have the following suggestions.

Line 8 I think the last word is "blend"
Line 10 I think it's "as surely" and the last word presumably rhymes with "rains"
Line 12 I think it's "To gain at last a gate"


If it's showers in line 11 the last word of 10 could be flowers, as Noreen suggested.

Author:  Noreen [ 31 Jul 2020, 18:24 ]
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I tnink we've more or less run out of inspiration with this - yes, do post the solution, Annied. I do stick by my last set of suggestions on lines 6, 11 and 12, but who knows?

Author:  Annied [ 02 Aug 2020, 23:43 ]
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Apologies for duplicating some of your suggestions Noreen, I missed the fact that you'd posted them!

Here's the solution.

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Author:  Noreen [ 04 Aug 2020, 11:34 ]
Post subject:  Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem 15

A range is it, that object in the last line? You could have fooled me - well, it did fool me, of course!

Not one of our best efforts, I suppose, though we did better than I'd thought (of course, don't worry about the duplicates, Annied - that's better than two quite different versions!):
Title – April Tears
1. O, how I long for summer’s kiss and flowers
2. D …………..guest………….embrace
3. With tears of April flooding all my face
4. I prithee go and leave us ………hours
5. As up the street and in the town I wend
6. What storms conspire long winter’s woes to seal
7. O smiles of May, O flowers of all....…heel/heal
8. And blessing from both rich and poor s......blend
9. Would that repented sin ……………… reinforce
10. Would burst and yield as surely flowers
11. 'Twere worth the ... life of storms and showers
12. To gain…………gate…………..course

Author:  Annied [ 04 Aug 2020, 22:15 ]
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It's interesting that the earlier ones seem to be more difficult than the later ones. The last 2 or 3 I've posted pre-date the others by a few years.

Author:  ivohenry [ 04 Aug 2020, 23:11 ]
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Yes they do seem more difficult, I think it's often the little pictures that we find difficult to work out, the bits with letters seem easier to decipher.

Author:  abbeybufo [ 04 Aug 2020, 23:31 ]
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There are things pictured - like the range - that would be familiar 150 years ago that we don't recognise now, for a start, as well as the change of use of words like intercourse (which I did think of at one point, but forgot again!)

I think, too, that our brains have got so used to photos, or at least photorealistic pictures - and colour, that deciphering something that has been badly reproduced in smudgy b&w is harder for us than it would have been 'in the day'.

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