Songs Of Childhood-01 by Walter de la Mare
As I lay awake in the white moonlight,
I heard a sweet singing in the wood—
‘Out of bed,
Put your white foot now,
Here are we,
‘Neath the tree,
Singing round the root now!’
I looked out of window in the white moonlight,
The trees were like snow in the wood—
Child and play,
Light wi’ the gnomies;
In a mound,
Green and round,
That’s where their home is!
Curds to eat,
Cream and frumènty,
Shells and beads,
You shall have plenty.’
But soon as I stooped in the dim moonlight
To put on my stocking and my shoe,
The sweet, sweet singing died sadly away,
And the light of the morning peep’d through:
Then instead of the gnomies there came a red robin
To sing of the buttercups and dew.
Where the bluebells and the wind are,
Fairies in a ring I spied,
And I heard a little linnet
Singing near beside.
Where the primrose and the dew are,
Soon were sped the fairies all:
Only now the green turf freshens,
And the linnets call.
I watched the Lady Caroline
Bind up her dark and beauteous hair;
Her face was rosy in the glass,
And ‘twixt the coils her hands would pass,
White in the candleshine.
Her bottles on the table lay,
Stoppered yet sweet of violet;
Her image in the mirror stooped
To view those locks as lightly looped
As cherry-boughs in May.
The snowy night lay dim without,
I heard the Waits their sweet song sing;
The window smouldered keen with frost;
Yet still she twisted, sleeked and tossed
Her beauteous hair about.
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- The Gnomies
- Blue Bells
- O Dear Me
- The Buckle
- The Hare
- Bunches Of Grapes
- John Mouldy
- The Fly
- I Saw Three Witches
- The Silver Penny
- The Night Swans
- The Fairies Dancing
- The Three Beggars
- The Dwarf
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