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First Line: I know where butternut an' shag-bark trees
Last Line: To find a chestnut burr just where I sat.
Subject(s): Children; Nuts & Nutting; Childhood


I know where butternut an' shag-bark trees
Grow thick,—an' chestnuts an' sweet-acorns too.
Each fall we go there an' pick all we please—
We take our lunch an' stay the whole day through.
Last week we went to where the walnuts grew,
With two big sacks an' filled 'em at our ease.
I shinned one tree—that's what I love to do!—
And then we hunted, on our hands an' knees.
But after all, the part I like the best
Is when the sacks have gotten pretty fat,
An' some one says it's time we ought to rest
An' start the jam an' cookies an' all that.
This time it kind of spoiled my interest
To find a chestnut burr just where I sat.





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