Monday, January 28, 2013

PTSW: Woodcutter's Song

Woodcutter's Song

I found this poem/song among the comments on storyteller Sheila Kay Adams' Facebook wall. The words are traditional and from the old country -- penned by the famous Mother Goose, they say. It seems a good way to warm the start of a January week. And good advice if you have a woodburning hearth or stove.



Oak logs will warm you well  
That are old and dry  
Logs of pine will sweetly smell   
But the sparks will fly 
Birchs long will burn too fast  
Chestnut scarce at all sir  
Hawthorn logs are good to last  
That are cut well in the fall sir 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Surely you will find  
There´s no compare 
with the hard wood logs  
That´s cut in the winter time 
Holly logs will burn like wax
 
You could burn them green  
Elm logs burn like smouldering flax  
With no flame to be seen  
Beech logs for winter time  
Yew logs as well sir  
Green elder logs it is a crime  
For any man to sell sir 

Surely you will find  
There´s no compare 
with the hard wood logs  
That´s cut in the winter time 
Pear logs and apple logs 
 
They will scent your room  
and cherry logs across the dogs  
They smell like flowers of broom  
But ash logs smooth and grey  
Buy them green or old, sir  
and buy up all that come your way 
They´re worth their weight in gold sir 
- Mother Goose




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