Child-Workers, Wan and Weary (Bouck White)

“Child-Workers, Wan and Weary” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Child-Workers, Wan and Weary” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Bouck White.
Tune: “Massa’s in de Cold Ground.”


O, child-workers, wan and weary,
Industry’s sad slaves!
Penned in workshops dark and dreary,
Marching on to early graves.

Not for you the flowers,
Nor the open sky.
Toiling on through tedious hours,
Stifling oft a bitter cry.

Girls of stunted form and broken
By captivity;
Gait and features all betoken
The machine’s monotony.

Motherhood defeated,
Curse of time to come.
Profit-takers proudly seated
O’er the wreck of woman’s home.

Youth in toil too early drafted
E’er school-time was o’er;
Knowing naught of knowledge wafted
From rich fields of ancient lore.

Not for them life’s playtime,
Nor for them life’s joy.
Drudging on through cheerless daytime,
Manhood’s task, though still a boy.


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