I’ve been listening to this song for well over a decade without fully understanding all the lyrics. Finally last year I looked it up. Still the only song on my Thanksgiving playlist that I haven’t memorized. But do I belt out that first line! (Before subsiding to a sort of mumbling hum for the rest.)
Heap High the Farmer’s Wintry Hoard (John Greenleaf Whittier)
Heap High the Farmer’s Wintry Hoard (John Greenleaf Whittier 1 Heap high the farmer's wintry hoard! Heap high the golden corn! No richer gift has autumn poured from out her lavish horn! Through vales of grass and meads of flowers our plows their furrows made, While on the hills the sun and showers of changeful April played. 2 We dropped the seed over hill and plain beneath the sun of May, And frightened from our sprouting grain the robber crows away. All through the long, bright days of June its leaves grew green and fair, And waved in hot midsummer's noon its soft and yellow hair. 3 And now with autumn's moonlit eyes, It's harvest-time has come, We pluck away the frosted leaves, and bear the treasure home. Oh let the good old crop adorn the hills our fathers (forbears) trod; Still let us, for his (this) golden corn, send up our thanks to God!