Author: Keats, John
Title: Over The Hill And Over The Dale
Publisher: Eris Etext Project
Tag(s): somebody; hill; english literature
Contributor(s): Eric Lease Morgan (Infomotions, Inc.)
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Rights: GNU General Public License
Size: 157 words (really short) Grade range: 10-12 (high school) Readability score: 61 (easy)
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1816 OVER THE HILL AND OVER THE DALE by John Keats Over the hill and over the dale, And over the bourn to Dawlish- Where gingerbread wives have a scanty sale And gingerbread nuts are smallish. Rantipole Betty she ran down a hill And kicked up her petticoats fairly; Says I I'll be Jack if you will be Gill- So she sat on the grass debonairly. Here's somebody coming, here's somebody coming! Says I 'tis the wind at a parley; So without any fuss any hawing and humming She lay on the grass debonairly. Here's somebody here and here's somebody there! Says I hold your tongue you young Gipsey; So she held her tongue and lay plump and fair And dead as a Venus tipsy. O who wouldn't hie to Dawlish fair, O who wouldn't stop in a Meadow, O who would not rumple the daisies there And make the wild fern for a bed do! THE END .