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" The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, And the free maids, that weave their thread with bones, Do use to chaunt it ; it is silly sooth, And dallies with the innocence of love, Like the old age. "
The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany - Page 247
1820
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Poor Women in Shakespeare

Fiona McNeill - 2007 - 255 pages
...fellow, come, the song we had last night. Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain. The spinsters and the knitters in the sun And the free maids that weave their thread with bones Do use to chant it. (2.4.42-46) This obscure moment in a familiar play offers a compelling account of much larger...
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Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts

Mary Ellen Lamb, Karen Bamford - 2008 - 250 pages
...It is, after all, Feste who is called upon by Orsino to deliver the songs of "The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, / And the free maids that weave their thread with bones," not the women themselves (77V II. iv. 44-5). : In the early modern era, the anxiety over female chastity...
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The Second Mrs. Darcy: A Novel

Elizabeth Aston - 2007 - 352 pages
...Lady Sophronia had asked to see them. "I shall fetch it directly," she said. The Second Mrs. Darcy 251 "And the free maids that weave their thread with bones, Do use to chant it: it is sooth—" Lord Rutherford's attention faltered for a moment. "Damn it, all these sibilants."...
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Twelfth Night: Shakespeare for the Modern Reader

John Burfeind, William Shakespeare - 2008 - 195 pages
...fellow, come, the song we had last night. Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain. The spinsters and the knitters in the sun And the free maids that weave their thread with bones Do use to chant it. It is silly sooth, And dallies with the innocence of love, Like the old age. Act II Scene...
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