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SONG FOR THE SPINNING WHEEL

FOUNDED UPON A BELIEF PREVALENT AMONG THE PASTORAL VALES OF WESTMORELAND

          SWIFTLY turn the murmuring wheel!
          Night has brought the welcome hour,
          When the weary fingers feel
          Help, as if from faery power;
          Dewy night o'ershades the ground;
          Turn the swift wheel round and round!

          Now, beneath the starry sky,
          Couch the widely-scattered sheep;--
          Ply the pleasant labour, ply!
          For the spindle, while they sleep,                          10
          Runs with speed more smooth and fine,
          Gathering up a trustier line.

          Short-lived likings may be bred
          By a glance from fickle eyes;
          But true love is like the thread
          Which the kindly wool supplies,
          When the flocks are all at rest
          Sleeping on the mountain's breast.
                                                              1812.


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