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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. IV: Literature of the Republic, Part I., Constitutional period, 1788–1820
 
Sleighing Song
Anonymous
 
[From “The Better Sort, or the Girl of Spirit. A Farce.” 1789.]

                WHAT pleasure can compare
                To a sleighing with the fair
In the evening, the evening, in cold and frosty weather?
                When rapidly we go
                As we jingle o’er the snow        5
And tantarra, huzza! And tantarra, huzza!
And tantarra! sings every brave fellow!
 
                When to Watertown we get
                And the turkey’s on the spit,
And we dance, boys, and dance, boys, and drive away all sorrow,        10
                ’Tis then your milk and tea
                Give place to strong sangree
And we banish, huzza! We banish, huzza!
                And we banish the cares of to-morrow!
 
                When the turkey’s roasted brown,        15
                To the supper we sit down,
And “Keep it up!” and “Keep it up!” sings every jovial fellow;
                With the wine-glass in his hand
                He never makes a stand,
But guzzles, huzza, but guzzles, huzza,        20
                And guzzles it away till he’s mellow.
 
                Now for Boston we prepare
                And the night is cold and clear,
And we’re stowing close, we’re stowing close, because it’s chilly weather.
                O then what fun we feel        25
                When the sleigh it takes a heel
And we’re huddled, huzza! And we’re huddled, huzza!
                And we’re huddled, brave boys, altogether!
 
                ’Tis then the ladies cry,
                O lud!—O dear!—O my!        30
And we scrabble, boys, we scrabble, boys, all from the snowy weather.
                Then in the sleigh again
                Do we scamper o’er the plain
And tantarra, huzza! tantarra, huzza!
                And tantarra! sings every brave fellow!        35
 
 
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