Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A WATER MILL, by ANTIPATER OF THESSALONICA

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A WATER MILL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Cease from grinding, o ye toilers; women, slumber still
Last Line: Taught to eat the fruits of mother earth in idle ease.
Alternate Author Name(s): Antipatros Of Thessalonika
Subject(s): Mills & Millers

CEASE from grinding, O ye toilers; women, slumber still,
Even if the crowing roosters call the morning star;
For Demeter has appointed Nymphs to turn your mill,
And upon the water-wheel alighting here they are.
See, how quick they twirl the axle whose revolving rays
Spin the heavy hollow rollers quarried overseas;
So again we savour the delights of ancient days,
Taught to eat the fruits of Mother Earth in idle ease.

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