1. The ground was all covered with snow one day,

And two little sisters were busy at play,

When a snowbird was sitting close by on a tree,

And merrily singing his chick-a-de-dee.

2. He had not been singing that tune very long

Ere Emily heard him, so loud was his song;

'O sister, look out of the window!' said she;

'Here's a dear little bird singing chick-a-de-dee.

3. 'Poor fellow! he walks in the snow and the sleet,

And has neither stockings nor shoes on his feet:

I wonder what makes him so full of his glee;

He's all the time singing his chick-a-de-dee.

4. 'If I were a barefooted snowbird, I know,

I would not stay out in the cold and the snow;

I pity him so! oh, how cold he must be!

And yet he keeps singing his chick-a-de-dee.

5. 'O mother; do get him some stockings, and shoes,

And a nice little frock, and a hat if he choose:

I wish he'd come into the parlor, and see

How warm we would make him, poor chick-a-de-dee!'

6. The bird had flown down for some sweet crumbs of bread,

And heard every word little Emily said:

'What a figure I'd make in that dress' thought he,

And laughed as he warbled his chick-a-de-dee.

7. 'I am grateful,' said he, 'for the wish you express,

But have no occasion for such a fine dress;

I rather remain with my little limbs free,

Than to hobble about, singing chick-a-de-dee.

8. 'There is One, my dear child, though I cannot tell who,

Has clothed me already, and warm enough, too.

Good morning! Oh, who are so happy as we?'

And away he flew, singing his chick-a-de-dee.

F. C. Woodworth.


1. Chickadedee: An imitation of the notes of the snowbird.

6. Figure: Shape, appearance.

7. Express: Make known, declare.

7. Hobble: To walk with a hitch or hop.

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