by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931)

The quern song
Language: English 
Maids, at morn, grind the good corn
Each in her mill with a will!
In go the oats, wheat and pearly barley,
Down in a shower falls the flour.

Winding strong, grinding all day long,
Round and round goes the mill;
Grinding turn-about, till the meal is out, 
Must never, never be still.

Those hands that are strongest
Will find a welcome here,
And they who work the longest
Shall earn the best cheer.

Those hands that are strongest
Will find a welcome here,
And they who work the longest
Shall earn the best cheer.

Winding strong, grinding all day long,
Round and round goes the mill;
Grinding turn-about, till the meal is out, 
Must never, never be still.

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Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

This text was added to the website: 2016-09-13
Line count: 20
Word count: 119