Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Over the hill and over the dale

  • 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 kick’d up her petticoats fairly.
  • Says I, I’ll be Jack if you will be Gill.
  • So she sat on the grass debonnairly.
  • 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 debonnairly.
  • Here’s somebody here and here’s somebody there!
  • Say’s 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 would’nt hie to Dawlish fair,
  • O who would’nt stop in a meadow?
  • O who would not rumple the daisies there,
  • And make the wild fern for a bed do?

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Keats, John. “Over the hill and over the dale.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, by G. Kim Blank. Edition 3.3 , University of Victoria, 5 September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_over_the_hill_and_over_the.html.

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John Keats, “Over the hill and over the dale,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_over_the_hill_and_over_the.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “Over the hill and over the dale.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_over_the_hill_and_over_the.html.