|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Mrs. Johnson has blunted her pickaxe with work.|
Swift.Letter to Tickell, 19 July, 1735.
|Work, Tibet; work, Annot; work, Margerie;|
Sew, Tibet; knit, Annot; spin, Margerie;
Let us see who will win the victory.
Ye sleep but we do not, that shall we try;
Your fingers be numb, our work will not lie.
I will notI cannotno more can I:
Then give we all over, and there let it lie.
Nicholas Udall.The Work Girls song in Royster Doister.
| Work, work, work,|
Till the brains begins to swim;
Work, work, work,
Till the eyes are heavy and dim!
Seam and gusset, and band,
Band and gusset and seam,
Till over the buttons I fall asleep,
And sew them on in a dream!
T. Hood.The Song of the Shirt.