A lusty young smith at his vice stood a-filing.
His hammer laid by but his forge still aglow.
When to him a buxom young damsel came smiling,
And asked if to work
in her forge he would go.
Rum, rum, rum. Rum, rum, rum.
In and out.
In and out. Ho!
will," said the smith, and they went off together,
Along to the young damsel's forge they did go.
They stripped to
go to it, 'twas hot work and hot weather.
They kindled a fire and she soon made him blow.
Her husband, she said,
no good work could afford her.
His strength and his tools were worn out long ago.
The smith said "Well mine are in
very good order,
And I am now ready my skill for to show."
Red hot grew his iron, as both did desire,
he was too wise not to strike while 'twas so.
Said she, "What I get I get out of the fire,
So prithee, strike home
and redouble the blow."
Six times did his iron, by vigorous heating,
Grow soft in her forge in a minute or so,
But as often was hardened, still beating and beating,
But the more it was softened, it hardened more slow.
the smith rose to go, quoth the dame full of sorrow:
"Oh, what would I give could my husband do so.
Good lad with your
hammer come hither tomorrow,
But pray could you use it once more ere you go!"