A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 23, 2016
“He who thanks with lips thanks but in part; the full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart”

A Thanksgiving rhyme has been printed on many images:

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


The short poem is from American author J. A. Shedd (1859-1928) and has been cited in print since at least 1895.


Wikiquote: John Augustus Shedd
John Augustus Shedd (1859 – 1928) was an American author and professor. In 1928 he wrote “Salt from My Attic”.

Google Books
November 1895, Indiana School Journal, pg. 714:
He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part,
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart. β€” J. A. Shedd.

18 November 1897, Sterling (IL) Standard, “Among Our Schools,” pg. 14, col. 2:
A sentiment from Room 2:

“He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part,
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.”

Chronicling America
29 November 1900, Marietta (OH) Daily Leader, “Thots for Thanksgiving,” pg. 4, col. 1:
He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part,
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.—J. A. Shedd.

Google Books
Love on a Plate:
Recipes for Serving Love

By Sandra Sage
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2007
Pg. 32:
β€œHe who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~ J.A. Shedd

Twitter
S N Williams
‏@SNWmsJustMe
“He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true #Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart."~J.A. Shedd. #quote
3:19 PM - 23 Nov 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Wednesday, November 23, 2016 • Permalink