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Songs That Every Child Should Know 15
Under the hickory tree, Ben Bolt,
Which stood at the foot of the hill, Together we 've lain in the noonday shade,
And listened to Appleton's mill. The mill-wheel has fallen to pieces, Ben Bolt,
The rafters have tumbled in, And a quiet that crawls round the walls as you gaze
Has followed the olden din.
Do you mind the cabin of logs, Ben Bolt,
At the edge of the pathless wood, And the button-ball tree with its motley limbs,
Which nigh by the doorstep stood? The cabin to ruin has gone, Ben Bolt,
The tree you would seek in vain; And where once the lords of the forest waved,
Grows grass and the golden grain.
And don't you remember the school, Ben Bolt,
With the master so cruel and grim, And the shaded nook by the running brook,
Where the children went to swim?