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The Mill
Copyright George Papavgeris, May 2002

Where wind blows freely from the sea
And grass is never still
A ship of stone with many sails
There stands atop the hill.
Its capstan anchor never pulled
It has no keel or mast
Yet when the sails with wind are full
Like birds they wheel so fast.

As far as you can see from here
The barley and wheat that's grown
All down this chute will disappear
To be ground between its stones.
And when the baker has new flour
You smell it down the street
No one outside the county
Has tasted bread so sweet.

Their names will carve upon its door
The carters while they wait
And at the top a carving reads
Sixteen seventy eight.
When Nelson sailed his Victory
From here it could be seen.
And armies marched and fed here since
Victoria was queen.

My father worked it all his life,
Before him his father too.
One day, my son, before too long
It will be left to you.
The miller's apron you will wear
And wear it do with pride
And may you always be as strong
As the wind that blows outside.

CHORUS
It counts no miles but centuries
It stands, yet is never still.
As long as there is air to breathe,
There's wind to turn the mill.
In summer heat and autumn rain
And even in winter chill,
As long as there is air to breathe,
There's wind to turn the mill

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