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And yet it never was in my

soul To play so ill a part : But evil is wrought by want of Thought,

As well as want of Heart !”

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THE SONG OF THE SHIRT.

With fingers weary and worn,

With eyelids heavy and red,
A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,

Plying her needle and thread-
Stitch ! stitch! stitch !

In poverty, hunger, and dirt
And still with a voice of dolorous pitch,
She sang the “

song of the Shirt !"

Work! work! work !

While the cock is crowing aloof! And work-work—work !

Till the stars shine through the roof! It's oh! to be a slave

Along with the barbarous Turk, Where woman has never a soul to save

If this is Christian work!

“ Work-work-work !

Till the brain begins to swim ; Work-work-work!

Till the eyes are heavy and dim! Seam, and gusset, and band,

Band, and gusset, and seam, Till over the buttons I fall asleep, And sew them on in

my

dream!

“Oh! men with sisters dear!

Oh! men with mothers and wives !

It is not linen you're wearing out,

But human creatures' lives ! Stitch-stitch-stitch !

In poverty, hunger, and dirt, Sewing at once, with a double thread,

A SHROUD as well as a shirt!

“But why do I talk of death,

That phantom of grisly bone ; I hardly fear his terrible shape, It seems so like

my ownIt seems so like my own,

Because of the fast I keep:
Oh God! that bread should be so dear,

And flesh and blood so cheap!

66 Work-work-work!

My labor never flags;
And what are its wages ? A bed of straw,

A crust of bread—and rags :
A shattered roof—and this naked floor

A table-a broken chair-
And a wall so blank my shadow I thank

For sometimes falling there !

6 Work—work—work ! From weary

chime to chime; Work-work-work!

As prisoners work, for crime ! Band, and gusset,

and

seam, Seam, and gusset, and band, Till the heart is sick and the brain benumbed, As well as the

weary

hand!

6 Work-work—work,

In the dull December light ; And work-work-work!

When the weather is warm and bright : While underneath the eaves

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“Oh! but for one short hour !

A respite, however brief!
No blessed leisure for love or hope,

But only time for grief!
A little weeping would ease my heart-

But in their briny bed
My tears must stop, for every drop

Hinders needle and thread !”

With fingers weary and worn,

With eyelids heavy and red,
A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,

Plying her needle and thread;
Stitch-stitch-stitch !

In poverty, hunger and dirt; And still with a voice of dolorous pitchWould that its tone could reach the rich !

She this “ Song of the shirt !"

sung

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