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Down by the mill there's a creaky wooden stair | 12-Jan-09

Down by the mill there's a creaky wooden stair
That leads to an attic and Jemima lives there
The knocker isn't heavy and the latch isn't high
You'll just have time for a deep fetched sigh

Possibly Scottish in origin.

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Several people seem to have been looking for this verse - the website for Art and Ghosts and Yahoo both quote it in full but no one seems to have identified the author.
However it runs:
Down by the mill there's a creaky wooden stair
That leads to an attic and Jemima lives there
The knocker isn't heavy and the latch isn't high
You'll just have time for a deep fetched sigh;
Then you hear the shuffle of her bedroom slippered feet,
And there stands Jemimia, silver haired and neat.
"Come your way inside, and have a cup of tea."
Are the very first words Jemima says to me.
We sit by the fire, the toast is crisp and hot,
And she pours out the tea from a dark brown pot.
How lovely to be old and quiet voiced and still
And live in an attic-house down by the mill.
Perhaps someone will know the author. I have to say it sounds very very creepy, but I have a feeling that wasn't the original intention...
Tina Rath

THIS POEM WAS ONE I LEARNED AT SCHOOL ABOUT 1949. IT WAS ANONYMOUS I CAN REMEMBER THE TEACHER EXPLAINING TO US WHAT ANONYMOUS MEANT. IT WAS AND IS A FAVORITE OF MINE
marion clegg

I have been having a clearout, and have just found a poem, written my me when I was about 8 (therefore around 1960) - Jemima! I remember loving it and reading it aloud to my class, as they loved my attempt at an old lady's accent! Unfortunately I have no idea about the author either, but presumably I copied from a book somwhere...Let's hope someone can throw some light!
Jane
Devon
UK
Jane Sandland

My dear mum used to recite this poem with actions to me before bed most evenings as it was one of my favourites.
Sadly she died too young and every time I shuffle into the kitchen behind my cat I hear those lyrics and smile. My mum had to read it in class the author was unknown.
luba wheat

when in the infants school and at the school concert I used to recite this poem starting as follows. jAMIMA BY RUTH M ARTHUR
Down by the mill theres a creaky wooden stair etc. I was 5 yrs old at the time

Trust this clears the matter for you as regards the auther.
My daughterloves me to recite it for her.

byee

Stan Ralph
Stan Ralph

My dad who was born in 1937 used to recite this to me. He had learned it at school and would always begin Jemima by Ruth M Arthur. He also used to recite Up the airy mountain by william Allingham. My dad passed away some years ago and his poetry recitals are an endearing memory to me.
MANDY Goldstraw


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