Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wodensday: October gave a party

My Mother used to sing this to me whenever the first Bigleaf Maple leaves would begin to fall down.
I believe she learned the song  from her mother and when she got to the last line, the one about 'jolly hands around', she always told me, as a child, she used to be sad to think that the party was over!

 "October's Party"
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."
Author: George Cooper

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