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Thread #17850   Message #174264
Posted By: Margo
06-Feb-00 - 07:01 PM
Thread Name: Help: Usher's Well: What is a 'winding sheet'
Subject: RE: Help: Usher's Well: What is a 'winding sheet'
Another reference to a winding sheet. This line from this song taught me the meaning without having had to ask. The mourner is crying over the grave....

(From the Unquiet Grave)
"whose salton tears come running down, and wet my winding sheet?"

Another reference to being wound in linens is in the Robert Burns song "Merry Hae I Been"
"Blessed be the hour she cooled in her linens"

As you may have guessed, he was glad she died!