Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

Dedication


Inscribed to a Dear Child:
In Memory of Golden Summer Hours
And Whispers of a Summer Sea


Girt with a boyish garb for boyish task,
Eager she wields her spade: yet loves as well
Rest on a friendly knee, intent to ask
The tale he loves to tell.
Rude spirits of the seething outer strife,
Unmeet to read her pure and simple spright,
Deem if you list, such hours a waste of life,
Empty of all delight!

Chat on, sweet Maid, and rescue from annoy
Hearts that by wiser talk are unbeguiled.
Ah, happy he who owns that tenderest joy,
The heart-love of a child!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Melvina Germain (1/28/2007 9:30:00 PM)

    'The heart-love of a child' how simply precious and true. Children love from the heart with nothing else in mind, just pure love.---Beautiful poem---Melvina (Report) Reply

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