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Over the River and Through the Wood
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by Lydia Maria Child (1844)
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(also known as “A New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day”)

Over the river, and through the wood,
   to Grandfather’s house we go;
      the horse knows the way
      to carry the sleigh
   through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
   to Grandfather’s house away!
      We would not stop
      for doll or top,
   for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood—
   oh, how the wind does blow!
      It stings the toes
      and bites the nose,
   as over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
   with a clear blue winter sky.
      The dogs do bark
      and the children hark,
   as we go jingling by.

Over the river, and through the wood,
   to have a first-rate play.
      Hear the bells ring,
      “Ting a ling ding!”
   Hurray for Thanskgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood—
   no matter for winds that blow;
      or if we get
      the sleigh upset
   into a bank of snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
   to see little John and Ann;
      we will kiss them all,
      and play snowball
   and stay as long as we can.

Over the river, and through the wood,
   trot fast my dapple gray!
      Spring over the ground
      like a hunting-hound!
   For ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood
   and straight through the barnyard gate.
      We seem to go
      extremely slow—
   it is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood—
   old Jowler hears our bells;
      he shakes his paw
      with a loud bow-wow,
   and thus the news he tells.

Over the river, and through the wood—
   when Grandmother sees us come,
      she will say, “O, dear,
      the children are here,
   bring pie for everyone.”

Over the river, and through the wood—
   now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
      Hurrah for the fun!
      Is the pudding done?
   Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!




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