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First Line: Six skeins and three, six skeins and three!
Last Line: And stop the bands, and stop the bands!
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings; Spinsters; Old Maids


SIX skeins and three, six skeins and three!
Good mother, so you stinted me,
And here they be, -- ay, six and three!
Stop, busy wheel! stop, noisy wheel!
Long shadows down my chamber steal,
An' warn me to make haste and reel.
'T is done, -- the spinning work complete,
O heart of mine, what makes you beat
So fast and sweet, so fast and sweet?
I must have wheat and pinks, to stick
My hat from brim to ribbon, thick, --
Slow hands of mine, be quick, be quick!
One, two, three stars along the skies
Begin to wink their golden eyes, --
I'll leave my thread all knots and ties.
O moon, so red! O moon, so red!
Sweetheart of night, go straight to bed;
Love's light will answer in your stead.
A-tiptoe, beckoning me, he stands, --
Stop trembling, little foolish hands,
And stop the bands, and stop the bands!




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