Quern-Lilt, The, or, Grinding Song

DESCRIPTION: "The cronach stills the dowie heart, The jurram stills the bairnie, But the music for a hungry wame's The grinding o' the quernie." Though people rejoice in other things, the grain from the quern keeps many fed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1930 (Ord)
KEYWORDS: work food nonballad
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REFERENCES (1 citation):
Ord, p. 245, "The Quern-Lilt, or, Grinding Song" (1 text)
Roud #3938
NOTES: Ord believes that Jamieson produced this as an imitation, or perhaps an improvement, of an actual grinding song. It seems likely enough. I know of no purely traditional collection. - RBW
File: Ord245

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