The Stranger's Song

Thomas Hardy 1840 (Stinsford) – 1928 (Dorchester, Dorset)

(As sung by Mr. Charles Charrington in the play of "The Three Wayfarers")

  O MY trade it is the rarest one,
  Simple shepherds all--
  My trade is a sight to see;
  For my customers I tie, and take 'em up on high,
  And waft 'em to a far countree!

  My tools are but common ones,
  Simple shepherds all--
  My tools are no sight to see:
  A little hempen string, and a post whereon to swing,
  Are implements enough for me!

  To-morrow is my working day,
  Simple shepherds all--
  To-morrow is a working day for me:
  For the farmer's sheep is slain, and the lad who did it ta'en,
  And on his soul may God ha' mer-cy!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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