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Thanksgiving Poems
Verses Quotes for Cards, Speeches,
Words, Prayers for Saying Grace

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 Thanksgiving Poems
So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
Arthur Guiterman,
The First Thanksgiving

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He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
J.A. Shedd

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Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for - annually, not oftener - if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months...
Mark Twain

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One act of thanksgiving made when things go wrong is worth a thousand when things go well

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Welcome to Thanksgiving Poems Verses Quotes which brings you poems and quotes for Thanksgiving holiday cards, saying grace, making speeches etc starting with the first thanksgiving poem

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That with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor.

Samuel Adams
Congressional Thanksgiving Day Proclamation Continental Congress
November 1, 1777

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Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. - Henry Ward Beecher

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Thanksgiving like contentment is a learned attribute. The person who hasn't learned to be content we will not be thankful for he lives with the delusion he deserves more or something better.

Robert Flatt

Thanksgiving Poems by Proper Poets, including poems of thanks, suitable to use on Thanksgiving Day

This is the first batch of Thanksgiving Poems...the less serious follow on

Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.
Alexander Pope

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O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
William Shakespeare

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest  appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. 

John F Kennedy

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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

W. T. Purkiser

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God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart

Izaak Walton

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Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel

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But whether we have less or more,
Always thank we God therefore

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We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way

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to be truly Thanksgiving, 
is first thanks, 
then giving

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For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Thanksgiving Poems

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

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There's more Thanksgiving poems to come 

The USA National Holiday of Thanksgiving Day goes back to 1863 when 16th President Abraham Lincoln set the date as the last Thursday in November which Congress amended in 1941 to be the fourth Thursday in November. President George Washington, in his first year of the first Presidency had created the first formal Thanksgiving Day in 1789 but it was not then a National Holiday.
The concept of Thanksgiving goes back more than a century and a half before President Washington’s to the 1620‘s when the English Pilgrim Settlers fought for survival on the New Continent. Almost half of the original batch of Pilgrims lost the battle for survival during the first winter, and many more subsequently. Survivors had much to be thankful for.
Canada, which had a completely different settling experience, has a harvest Thanksgiving Day on the second Monday in October

Thanksgiving Poems
Verses Quotes for Cards, Speeches,
Words, Prayers for Saying Grace

An Iroquois Prayer for Thanksgiving

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.

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Thanksgiving Poems for Cards

A Child's Thanksgiving Prayer suitable for Saying Grace

Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky's rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you’ve done

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Thanksgiving Poems by Improper poets

Thanks for inviting us
To spend Thanksgiving with you
With good food and good company
The time really flew.
Thanks for the welcome
And your time, preparing the meal;
Thanksgiving to you, and for you
Is the thanksgiving we feel

Jon Bratton
Thanksgiving Poems

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Each year in November
It's nice to remember
The people we are thankful to know
Because of their way
Of making each day
So special twelve months in a row

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In November
We Remember
Our special friends
Have a lovely Thanksgiving

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Without Thy sunshine and Thy rain
We could not have the golden grain;
Without Thy love we'd not be fed;
We thank Thee for our daily bread.

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May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving

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It means so much
To keep in touch
...with special friends like you

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday

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Thanksgiving Poems

Thanksgiving is a perfect time
To stop and reminisce
About the many hours we've spent
Discussing that and this-
The laughs, the smiles
That we have known
The wonderful things we've done
That make the friendship that we share
A very special one!
Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day, my friend

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May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

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This Thanksgiving Day wish
That comes with love to you
Brings warm and heartfelt thanks
For all the thoughtful things you do--
It also comes to let you know
You both mean more each day
To everyone your lives have touched
In such a loving way.

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T...Turkeys, tablespreads, being together,
H...Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather,
A...Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,
N...Nieces and nephews, family members all!
K...Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,
S...Surely you'll have fun, but you won't get thinner!
G...Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.
I...Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.
V...Very special times-there could even be snow.
I...Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago.
N...Never forget how the settlers led the way,
G...Giving thanks and blessing this special day.

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Enjoy Thanksgiving as it was back when
The Pilgrims had a 3 day big eat
They got through Cod, eels, bass and clams,
Not to mention lobster, mussel, pumpkin and wheat
So c'mon, get up and start eating ducks, geese, swans, turkey and venison,
No time for dallying or stopping
You need to get an early night
Tomorrow, you've got Christmas shopping!!

Jon Bratton © 2011

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Thanksgiving Poems

Thank you, dear God
For all You have given me,
For all You have taken away from me,
For all You have left me

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Thanksgiving Poems

May we come before you with grateful hearts
For all the love that you show
Our surroundings remind us everyday
Of our blessings, don't you know!

It's up to us to stay aware
Of all the love you show
Not taking things for granted
As tomorrow only heaven knows.

So today we celebrate this special day
Thanking God from deep within our heart
Knowing that in his loving care
We shall never want nor part.

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The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway
Thanksgiving comes again!

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The floods galore and earthquakes too
Have pounded the planets cover;
May we share and help and befriend
Those who have no other.

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Thanksgiving Poems Verses

The harvests and the crops
Are a blessing to us all
We work the land to feed us
But God created it all.

We Thank Him for our daily bread
Our hearts are full of cheer
I'm not sure, from all that grain,
We were supposed to make beer

He leaves us to our own devices
This doesn't mean he doesn't care
But we need to show respect fo him
Wreck his creation? We wouldn't dare

So Thank You for the chance
To live a wonderful life
Upon this earth of Yours
Forgive us any strife.

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This time of year when harvests in
All barns are filled to the roof
We thank you for our blessings
Our actions will be our proof.

Let us share with those
Less fortunate than ourselves
All around the world
Help to fill their empty shelves.

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Thanksgiving Poems

That's all the Thanksgiving poems we have but here comes some Thanksgiving Quotes

More Thanksgiving Quotes

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
Konrad von Gesner

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The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
H.U. Westermayer

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It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it.
Alistair Cooke (BBC)

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Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast, And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased. Alice W. Brotherton

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Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
Erma Bombeck

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On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime.

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Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  Robert Caspar Lintner

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The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching. Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it takes four hours to clean it up.
Ted Allen

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Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
Peace in the hearts of all men living,
peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
Joseph Auslander

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We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

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Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

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Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds
Theodore Roosevelt

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I love Thanksgiving turkey. It's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t.

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When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
Chinese Proverb

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Here I am 5 o'clock in the morning stuffing bread crumbs up a dead bird's butt.
Roseanne Barr

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Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.

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God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?"
William A. Ward

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