(by the Reverend Perrin B Fisk (1858),
via Helen Hartness Flanders and Margaret MacArthur,
final verse by Andy Davis)

When you see the vapor pillars link the 
  forest and the sky,
You may know the days of sugar making 
  then are drawing nigh; 
Frosty night and sunny day make the 
  maple pulses play,
Till congested with their sweetness, they de-
  -light to bleed away

	Oh! Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, 
	  bubble goes the pan, 
	Furnish better music for the 
	  season if you can,
	See the golden billows, 
	  watch their ebb and flow. 
	Sweetest joys indeed, we 
	  sugar makers know.

When you see the farmer trudging with his 
  dripping buckets home, 
You may know the days of sugar making 
  then have fairly come. 
While the fragrant odors pour through the 
  open kitchen door,
How the eager children rally, ever 
  loudly calling: "More!"

	Oh! Bubble, bubble, ...

You may wax it, you may grain it, fix it 
  anyhow to eat 
You'll always smack your lips and say it's 
  very, very sweet 
Had David tasted some 'neath his 
  cedar palace dome 
Maple sweet had got the praises of the 
  honey and the comb.

	Oh! Bubble, bubble, ...

If you say you don't believe it, take a 
  saucer and a spoon, 
Though you're sourer than a lemon, you'll be 
  sweeter very soon! 
For the greenest leaves you see, on the 
  spreading maple tree, 
Though they sip and sip all summer, will the 
  autumn beauties be.

	Oh! Bubble, bubble, ...

And for home, or love, or any kind of 
  sickness, 'tis the thing. 
Take in allopathic doses and re-
  -peat it every spring.
Until everyone you meet, if at 
  home or on the street,
Will have half a mind to bite you, you will 
  look so very sweet!

	Oh! Bubble, bubble, ...

Now today they do the gathering with 
  miles of plastic pipe, 
Collecting all the sweetness as the 
  sap is getting ripe.
Instead of boiling there's osmosis--saving 
  tons of fuel they claim-- 
But deep within my heart of hearts 'twill 
  always be the same.

	Oh! Bubble, bubble, ...

recording and notes: Maeve Fairfax (2021) [Vermont Folklife Center]

recording and notes: Pete Sutherland (2020) [Vermont Folklife Center]

recording and notes: Tony Barrand and Amanda Witman (2019) [Vermont Folklife Center]

recording and notes: Deb Flanders (2018) [Vermont Folklife Center]

recording and notes: Dan and Megan MacArthur (2017) [Vermont Folklife Center]

source: bibliographic data for the first edition of Rev. Perrin Betchelder Fisk's poetry collection [Brown University]