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Texts and Textiles: William Wordsworth

SWIFTLY turn the murmuring wheel!           

Night has brought the welcome hour,          

When the weary fingers feel

Help, as if from faery power;

Dewy night o’ershades the ground;          

Turn the swift wheel round and round!        


Now, beneath the starry sky,

Couch the widely-scattered sheep;—

Ply the pleasant labor, ply!    

For the spindle, while they sleep,             

Runs with speed more smooth and fine,      

Gathering up a trustier line.  


Short-lived likings may be bred         

By a glance from fickle eyes;

But true love is like the thread                  

Which the kindly wool supplies,        

When the flocks are all at rest          

Sleeping on the mountain’s breast.

Wordsworth, William. “Westmoreland Song for the Spinning Wheel.”

Happy Valentine’s Day from WholeCloth! May your love be as trusty, fine, and kindly as the thread from faithful hands.

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