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The Old Oaken Bucket
Written by Samuel Woodworth Esqr.
Adapted to a favorite Scotch Air

Boston. Published by C. Bradlee 107 Washington Street

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How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection recalls them to view;
The orchard, the meadow, the deep tangled wild wood,
And every lov'd spot which my infancy knew
The wide spreading pond and the mill which stood by it,
The bridge and the rock where the cataract fell;
The cot of my father, the dairy house nigh it,
The old oaken bucket, the iron bound bucket,
The moss covered bucket the moss covered bucket
the moss covered bucket that hung in the well.

That moss-covered vessel I hail as a treasure,
For often at noon, when returned from the field,
I found it the source of an exquisite pleasure,
The purest and sweetest that nature can yield,
How ardent I seized it, with hands that were glowing,
And quick to the white pebbled bottom it fell,
Then soon with the emblem of truth o'erflowing,
And dripping with coolness it rose from the well,
The old oaken bucket, the iron bound bucket,
The moss covered bucket arose from the well.



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