This bed-warmer has been in my husband's family for several generations.
TRIVIA ON TUESDAY
In England in the days of old
When nights were very chilly
They simply shivered in the cold
And that was rather silly.
So someone had a great idea
Which here you see portrayed.
When freezing-point was drawing near
And all the beds were made,
A servant took a normal brick
And set it in the fire
Stirring the embers with a stick
Until the flames burned higher.
And when the brick was nigh red-hot
In the warmer it was placed
Then the warmer rubbed around the spot
Where the cold night must be faced.
Up and down and up and down
The master's sheets it went
Then it stroked milady's ruffled gown
Till its heat was almost spent.
Then Milord and Lady leaped with haste
Among the cosy covers!
Not letting heating go to waste!
What joy! What bliss for lovers!
I like to think the servant too
Enjoyed the warmth remaining.
I hate to think that she turned blue
All shivers and 'chilblaning'!
I hope she rushed up to her room
And warmed her humble cot.
Some stolen comfort in the gloom
Would help her sorry lot.
More old ways here: