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"Song of the Spinners"

The Lowell Offering was a magazine written by the young women who worked in the Lowell textile mills. It was published from 1840 to 1845. The magazine was supported by the city's textile companies, and it promoted morality and hard work among the young female workers. This song appeared in the Lowell Offering.

The day is over, no longer will we toil and spin;

For evening's hush withdraws from the daily din.

And how we sing with gladsome hearts,

The theme of the spinner's song.

That labor to leisure a zest imparts,

Unknown to the idle throng.


We spin all day, and then, in the time for rest,

Sweet peace is found, A joyous and welcome guest.

Despite of toil we all agree, or out of the Mills or in,

Dependent on others we never will be,

So long as we are able to spin. 

Source | "Song of the Spinners" Lowell Offering, 1841, Merrimack Valley Textile Museum, from Uses of Liberty Rhetoric Among Lowell Mill Girls, http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/americanstudies/lavender/lowell.html.
Creator | Unknown
Item Type | Music/Song
Cite This document | Unknown, “"Song of the Spinners",” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed October 19, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1789.

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