Songs of Education
III. For the Creche
Form 8277059, Sub-Section K
- I remember my mother, the day that we met,
A thing I shall never entirely forget;
And I toy with the fancy that, young as I am,
I should know her again if we met in a tram.
- But mother is happy in turning a crank
- That increases the balance in somebody's bank;
- And I feel satisfaction that mother is free
- From the sinister task of attending to me.
- They have brightened our room, that is spacious and cool,
With diagrams used in the Idiot School,
And Books for the Blind that will teach us to see;
But mother is happy, for mother is free.
- For mother is dancing up forty-eight floors,
- For love of the Leeds International Stores,
- And the flame of that faith might perhaps have grown cold,
- With the care of a baby of seven weeks old.
O, hush thee, my baby, take rest while I croon,
- For mother is happy in greasing a wheel
For somebody else, who is cornering Steel;
And though our one meeting was not very long,
She took the occasion to sing me this song:
- "O, hush thee, my baby, the time will soon come
- When thy sleep will be broken with hooting and hum;
- There are handles want turning and turning all day,
- And knobs to be pressed in the usual way;
For Progress comes early, and Freedom too soon."
With thanks to Mary
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