Milk-Maid's Life, The
DESCRIPTION: "You rural goddesses, That woods and fields possess, Assist me with your skill" to praise "them who choose this trade to use... To carry the milking-pail." They are gay and free from care, they are not idle, they are healthy, they do good work
AUTHOR: Martin Parker?
EARLIEST DATE: 1877 (Bell-Combined)
KEYWORDS: work nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Bell-Combined, pp. 446-449, "The Milk-Maid's Life," "The Milking-Pail" (2 texts)
ST BeCo446 (Partial)
NOTES: The earliest copy of this known to Bell carried the initials "M. P."; he conjectured that this is Martin Parker. This is not absolutely convincing, but certainly the piece has the hallmarks of Parker's flowery style and ignorant praise of a life he would hever in fact have gone near. - RBW
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