Rags make paper

3 April 2008

A rhyme I saw in the Openluchtmuseum (opens in Dutch) in the Netherlands – originally from a paper mill in Wookey Hole in Somerset, apparently:

Rags make paper

Paper makes money

Money makes banks

Banks make loans

Loans make beggars

Beggars make rags.

(Rapid internet search suggests it’s a traditional rhyme, and quite widespread. It may have been a work chant.)

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