TO DAUGHTER ANN, NEW YEAR'S DAY, 1567 - William Cecil Poems

 
 

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TO DAUGHTER ANN, NEW YEAR'S DAY, 1567

As years do grow, so cares increase,
And time will move to look to thrift.
These years in me work nothing less,
Yet for your years and New Year's gift
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 (O fie!), fling work in fire!
God send, who sendeth all thrift and wealth,
You long years and your father health.