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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Westmoreland
Song for the Spinning Wheel
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
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;        5
Turn the swift wheel round and round!
 
Now, beneath the starry sky,
Couch the widely-scattered sheep;—
Ply the pleasant labor, 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        15
Which the kindly wool supplies,
When the flocks are all at rest
Sleeping on the mountain’s breast.
 
 
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