Adelaide Crapsey

Milking Time

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Heard ye the maidens

Went through the meadows,

Early, O, early,

While yet the dew was

Wet on the grass?

Heard ye the milk-maids

Singing and singing?


"Cushy cow bonny let down your milk,

And I will give you a gown of silk,

A gown of silk asnd a silver tee,

If you will let down your milk to me."


Hear ye the maidens,

Over the meadows,

Where the dew gathers,

Where shadows lengthen,

Hear ye the milk-maids'

Aery, hushed voices

Singing, ah, singing?


"Cushy cow bonny let down your milk,

And I will give you a gown of silk,

A gown of silk asnd a silver tee,

If you will let down your milk to me."


Morning and evening,

In the green meadows

Hear ye the milk-maids

And their sweet singing?

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