"A long scythe, whipping round"

A scythe
Public DomainA scythe - Credit: The Clip Art Book
A scythe is a tool used for reaping crops. It has a long wooden shaft, either straight or bent into an S shape, and a curved blade. The personification Death is often shown carrying a scythe. Scythes were also used in warfare, with a blade that extended upright from the shaft.