HYMN TO THE DAIRYMAIDS ON BEACON STREET
by: Christopher Morley
- WEETLY solemn
see them stand,
- Spinning churns on either hand,
- Neatly capped and aproned white
- Airy fairy dairy sight.
- Jersey priestesses they seem
- Miracling milk to cream.
- Cream solidifies to cheese
- By Pasteural mysteries,
- And they give, within their shrine,
- Their communión in kine.
- Incantations pure they mutter
- O'er the golden minted butter
- And (no layman hand can pen it)
- See them gloat above their rennet.
- By that hillside window pane
- Rugged teamsters draw the rein.
- Doff the battered hat and bow
- To these acolytes of cow.
- Genuflect, ye passersby!
- Muse upon their ritual high--
- Milk to cream, yea, cream to cheese
- White lacteal mysteries!
- Let adorers sing the word
- Of the smoothly flowing curd.
- Yea, we sing with bells and fife
- This is the whey, this is the Life.
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"Hymn to the Dairymaids on
Beacon Street" is reprinted from Anthology of Magazine
Verse for 1915. Ed. William Stanley Braithwaite. New York:
Gomme & Marshall, 1915.