Mind your Knitting

(After Béranger)

Original Text: 
W. J. Linton, Claribel and Other Poems (London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1865): 193-94. Internet Archive
2    Blind as I may be,
3I am certain you're not sitting
4    At your work by me.--
5'Tis so hot this April weather.'--
6    Is it cooler where
7You and Robert sit together!
8    You are idling there.
9Lucy! mind your knitting.
10Lucy! mind your knitting:
11    You have left your seat.
12Tell me where again you're flitting:
13    Those are not your feet.--
14'Tis the cat that you hear moving.'--
15    You speak false to me:
16I'd like Robert better loving
17    You more openly.
18Lucy! mind your knitting.
19Lucy! mind your knitting;
20    Lucy! have a fear:
21Some day Robert will be quitting--
22    Ah! she does not hear.
23These young folk will still be scorning
24    All we old folk say;
25They will never heed our warning
26    While their playmates stay.
27Lucy! mind your knitting.


1] Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780-1857), popular French song-writer. Back to Line
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Ian Lancashire
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