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First Line: Heigh-ho! For the fields and meadows
Last Line: That ripen in july.
Subject(s): Fields; Summer; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


Heigh-ho! for the fields and meadows,
And the walls and hedges high,
Where in plenty grow the berries
That ripen in July.

See the little boys and little girls,
Full of noise and fun;
With broad-brimmed straw hats and bonnets
To shade them from the sun.

Merry, happy, gay and cheerful,
With bucket, cups and pails,
They are trudging over hill-sides,
And through the grassy dales;

And by old walls and hedges,
Along the hot road-side,
In hollows near th' forest's edge,
And 'cross the pastures wide;

By old, deserted cabins,
And by the water-mill,
They go in search of berries,
Their cups and pails to fill.

God bless the happy children,
Now they are coming back, --
All their pails and buckets laden
With berries sweet and black.

Then heigh-ho! for the fields and meadows,
And the walls and hedges high,
Where in plenty grow the berries,
That ripen in July.





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