For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some hae meat and canna eat, –
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae
meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
– Robert Burns
Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
Peace in the hearts of all men
peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
– Joseph Auslander
Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast,
the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.
– Alice W. Brotherton
O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with
– William Shakespeare
“The big kitchen was a jolly place just now, for in the great fireplace roared a cheerful fire; on the walls hung garlands of dried apples, onions, and corn; up a loft from the beams shone crook-necked squashes, juicy hams, and dried venison . . . Savory smells were in the air; on the crane hung steaming kettles; and down among the red embers copper saucepans simmered, all suggestive of some approaching feast.”
– Louisa May Alcott, “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”