“Quern-Lilt, The, or, Grinding Song”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: work food nonballad


"The cronach stills the dowie heart, The jurram stills the bairnie, But the music for a hungry wame's The grinding o' the quernie." Though people rejoice in other things, the grain from the quern keeps many fed


Ord believes that Jamieson produced this as an imitation, or perhaps an improvement, of an actual grinding song. It seems likely enough. I know of no purely traditional collection. - RBW


  1. Ord, p. 245, "The Quern-Lilt, or, Grinding Song" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3938
  3. BI, Ord245