The Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving has been part of the study in American schools for a century and a half. This poem is titled
“The Pilgrims Came” by Annette Wynne.
The Pilgrims came across the sea, And never thought of you and me;
And yet it’s very strange the way We think of them Thanksgiving Day.
We tell their story, old and true, Of how they sailed across the blue,
And found a new land to be free, And built their homes quite near the sea.
Every child knows well the tale, Of how they bravely turned the sail,
And journeyed many a day and night, To worship God as they thought right.
The people think that they were sad,And grave; I’m sure that they were glad–
The made Thanksgiving Day–that’s fun–We thank the Pilgrims every one.
(From the 1930 collection: 100 Best Poems for Boys and Girls)