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TO MISTRESS ANNE CECIL, by            
First Line: As years do grow, so cares increase
Last Line: You, long years; and father, health!
Alternate Author Name(s): Burleigh, Lord; Burghley, 1st Baron
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Holidays; New Year


As years do grow, so cares increase;
And time will move to look to thrift:
Though years in me work nothing less,
Yet, for your years, and New Year's gift,
This housewife's toy is now my shift!
To set you on work, some thrift to feel,
I send you now a spinning wheel.
But one thing first, I wish and pray,
Lest thirst of thrift might soon you tire,
Only to spin one pound a day,
And play the rest, as time require:
Sweat not! (oh fie!) fling rock in fire!
God send, you send'th all thrift and wealth,
You, long years; and father, health!





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