Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Trades - The Cooper

The Cooper retails foot baths, pails,
 Barrels, hogsheads, butts, and firkins;
 Tubs for mashing, cooling, washing,
 Bathing, pickling meat or gherkins:
 He also shaves and bends his staves,
 The monstrous spirit vat to build;
 Then iron bound and hoop'd all round
 With fine OLD TOM 'tis fill'd
 This done, he tries the vessel's size
 And then in figures bold;
 Declares it will if you it fill,
 Five hundred gallons hold.
From March's Penny Library