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Thread #16362   Message #1919551
Posted By: Joe_F
26-Dec-06 - 08:30 PM
Thread Name: Twelve Days of Christmas-for teaching catechism?
Subject: RE: Twelve Days of Christmas
As sung by Jean Ritchie's dad while the children were finishing up the dishes in 1930:

Twelve days of Christmas, sent my sweetheart
Twelve studs a-squealin,
Leven bulls a-bellerin,
Ten hares a-runnin,
Nine cows a-roarin,
Eight maids a-waitin,
Seven swans a-swimmin,
Six geese a-layin,
Five goldy rings,
Four colly birds,
Three French hens,
Two turkle-doves --
AND A PATTERGE IN A PEAR-BUSH!

-- _Singing Family of the Cumberlands_, Chap. 10

I read that chapter yesterday, or it wouldn't have been Christmas.