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Constance Woodrow (1899-1937)

Song of a Sewing Machine


              1Oh, the happiest worker of all am I,
              2As my wheel and my needle so merrily fly;
              3With a spool full of thread and a heart full of song,
              4I am ready and willing to work the day long.

              5Oh, faster and faster my glad wheel flies
              6When it catches the light in a young maid's eyes;
              7The dearest and tenderest girlhood dreams
              8I stitch into gossamer hems and seams.

              9But slower my wheel and softer my song
            10When fairy-like fragments are guided along --
            11I am stitching the dreams most sacred of all
            12Into dear little gowns and a wee silken shawl.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Constance Davies Woodrow, The Celtic Heart (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1929): 56. PS 8545O62C4 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1929
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/23

Rhyme: aabb


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