Weavers' Garland, The
DESCRIPTION: Hard times. A weaver talks to his wife. He thanks her for her care. She tells him to be patient and think of Job. Their six children will all work. "God gives and takes away, Bless'd be his name"
EARLIEST DATE: c.1792 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 4(112))
KEYWORDS: poverty weaving work hardtimes dialog
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Dixon-Peasantry, Poem #7, pp. 28-36, "The Weavers' Garland" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: James Maidment, Scotish Ballads and Songs (Edinburgh, 1859 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 193-201, "The Paisley Wife" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 4(112), "The Weaver's Garland, or, A Christian's patience" ("Sweet, dear, and virtuous wife"), J. Butler (Worcester), c.1792; also Harding B 4(113), "The Weaver's Garland, or, A Christian's Patience"; Harding B 4(111), Harding B 4(115), Harding B 4(115), "The Weaver's Garland: or a New School of Christian Patience"; Harding B 4(114), "The Contented Wife"
NOTES: Dixon-Peasantry: "From an inquiry into the origin of these verses, the editor is inclined to fix the date about the year 1700-1, a few years after the passing of the 'Lustring act,' when, in consequence of a change of fashion, there was a panic in the silk trade, and the weavers of Spitalfields were reduced to a state of greatest distress. During other panics in the same trade, it has been customary with the London ballad-printers to reprint the Garland, and for the weavers, accompanied by their wives and families to recite it in the streets." - BS
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