“Over the Hills at the Poorhouse”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (Belden)
Keywords: mother death burial hardheartedness children rejection
Found in: US(So)

Description

"Over the hills at the poorhouse In the twilight so dim and so gray, A woman is quiely lying, Breathing her life away." She "blesses" her children while whining that they never listen; when she is buried, the children find excuses not to attend

Notes

Belden notes that there is a poem by Will Carleton with a similar title and theme, but regards them as separate (the Carleton piece, which is 22 stanzas long, begins "Over the hill to the poor-house I'm trudgin' my weary way -- I, a woman of seventy, and only a trifle gray..."), and also (correctly) treats a piece in Brown and Dean (given here as "Over the Hills to the Poor-House") as separate. One rather hopes so; this strikes me as just another "young folks these days are so..." potboiler. - RBW

References

  1. Belden, pp. 280-281, "Over the Hills at the Poorhouse" (1 text)
  2. Roud #5496
  3. BI, Beld280