Samuel Woodworth (1784 - 1842)

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Birthplace: Scituate, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in NYC, New York, United States
Occupation: Author, "The Old Oaken Bucket" - http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/1243/
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About Samuel Woodworth

Samuel Woodworth (January 13, 1784 – December 9, 1842) was an American author, literary journalist, playwright, librettist, and poet.

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Title: The Old Oaken Bucket

Author: Samuel Woodworth

How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood, When fond recollection presents them to view! The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wild-wood, And every loved spot which my infancy knew! The wide-spreading pond, and the mill that stood by it, The bridge, and the rock where the cataract fell, The cot of my father, the dairy-house nigh it, And e'en the rude bucket that hung in the well- The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket, The moss-covered bucket which hung in the well.

That moss-covered vessel I hailed as a treasure, For often at noon, when returned from the field, I found it the source of an exquisite pleasure, The purest and sweetest that nature can yield. How ardent I seized it, with hands that were glowing, And quick to the white-pebbled bottom it fell; Then soon, with the emblem of truth overflowing, And dripping with coolness, it rose from the well The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket, The moss-covered bucket arose from the well.

How sweet from the green mossy brim to receive it, As poised on the curb it inclined to my lips! Not a full blushing goblet could tempt me to leave it, The brightest that beauty or revelry sips. And now, far removed from the loved habitation, The tear of regret will intrusively swell, As fancy reverts to my father's plantation, And sighs for the bucket that hangs in the well The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket, The moss-covered bucket that hangs in the well!

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From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Woodworth

Woodworth was born in Scituate, Massachusetts to Revolutionary War veteran Benjamin Woodworth and his wife Abigail Bryant. He was apprenticed to Benjamin Russell, editor of the Columbian Sentinel. He then moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where he briefly published the Belles-Lettres Repository, a weekly. He next moved to New York City, but recalled New Haven in his A Poem: New Haven.

Personal life

Woodworth married Lydia Reeder in New York City on September 23, 1810. They had ten children between 1811 and 1829. Woodworth remained in New York for the rest of his life, dying there in 1842 at the age of 56.

Woodworth's son, Selim E. Woodworth, was a U.S. Navy officer who took part in the rescue of the snowbound Donner Party in California. The USS Woodworth (DD-460) was named for him.

The Old Oaken Bucket

Woodworth is best known for the poem The Old Oaken Bucket, which has been described as one of the most beautiful works in the English Language. The first stanza reads:

   How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
   When fond recollection presents them to view!
   The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wild-wood,
   And every loved spot which my infancy knew!
   The wide-spreading pond, and the mill that stood by it,
   The bridge, and the rock where the cataract fell,
   The cot of my father, the dairy-house nigh it,
   And e'en the rude bucket that hung in the well-
   The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
   The moss-covered bucket which hung in the well.

In 1826 the poem was set to music by George F Kiallmark (1804–1887) and has been sung by generations of American schoolchildren. It was recorded in 1899 by The Haydn Quartet, the most famous barbershop quartet of the time, and was released on Berliner Gramophone.

The Old Oaken Bucket House

The Old Oaken Bucket House in Scituate, Massachusetts is on the National Register of Historic Places. A sign on the house reads: 1630-1930 THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET Homestead and well made famous by Samuel Woodworth in his poem "The Old Oaken Bucket." Homestead erected by John Northey in 1675: Poet born in Scituate January 13, 1784. Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission.

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The author of the Old Oaken Bucket, was the youngest son of a farmer and revolutionary soldier, and was born at Scituate, Mass., January 13, 1785. He had but few educational advantages, as, according to the memoir prefixed to his poems in 1816, no school was taught in the village, except during the three winter months; and as a mistaken idea of economy always governed the selection of a teacher, he was generally as ignorant as his pupils. 

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Samuel Woodworth, Poet's Timeline

1784
January 13, 1784
Scituate, Massachusetts, United States
1810
September 23, 1810
Age 26
New York, New York County, New York, United States
1811
1811
Age 26
1813
1813
Age 28
1815
November 27, 1815
Age 31
New York, NY, USA
1820
1820
Age 35
1820
Age 35
New York, New York County, NY, USA
1822
1822
Age 37
1824
1824
Age 39
NY, USA
1824
Age 39