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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Song from the Suds
By Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888)
 
From ‘Little Women

QUEEN of my tub, I merrily sing,
      While the white foam rises high;
And sturdily wash, and rinse, and wring,
      And fasten the clothes to dry;
Then out in the free fresh air they swing,        5
      Under the sunny sky.
 
I wish we could wash from our hearts and souls
      The stains of the week away,
And let water and air by their magic make
      Ourselves as pure as they;        10
Then on the earth there would be indeed
      A glorious washing-day!
 
Along the path of a useful life,
      Will heart’s-ease ever bloom;
The busy mind has no time to think        15
      Of sorrow, or care, or gloom;
And anxious thoughts may be swept away,
      As we busily wield a broom.
 
I am glad a task to me is given,
      To labor at day by day;        20
For it brings me health, and strength, and hope,
      And I cheerfully learn to say,—
“Head you may think, Heart you may feel,
      But Hand you shall work alway!”
 
 
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