The Old Oaken Bucket

“Cot” here is short for “cottage”. “Brim” is the edge of the well.

Verse 1:
How dear to this heart are the scenes of our childhood,
When fond recollection presents them to view!
The wide, spreading pond, and the mill that stood by it,
The bridge and the rock where the cataract fell.
The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wildwood,
And ev’ry loved spot which my infancy knew,
The cot of my father, the dairy-house nigh it,
And e’en the rude bucket that hung in the well,
The old oaken bucket; the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-cover’d bucket that hung in the well.

Verse 2:
That moss-covered bucket I hailed as a treasure,
For often at noon, when returned from the field,
How ardent I seized it, with hands that were glowing,
And quick to the white-pebbled bottom it fell.
I found it the source of an exquisite pleasure,
The purest and sweetest that nature can yield.
Then soon, with the emblem of truth overflowing,
And dripping with coolness, it rose from the well.
The old oaken bucket; the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-cover’d bucket that hung in the well.

Verse 3:
How sweet from the green, mossy brim to receive it,
As, poised on the curb, it inclined to my lips!
Not a full-blushing goblet could tempt me to leave it,
Tho’ filled with the nectar that Jupiter sips.
And now, far removed from the loved habitation,
The tear of regret will intrusively swell,
As fancy reverts to my father’s plantation,
And sighs for the bucket that hung in the well;
The old oaken bucket; the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-cover’d bucket that hung in the well.

Samuel Woodworth/E Kiallmark

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