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Quote, February 4, 2011

Posted by ejmoore510 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 4, 11 at 8:22

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupation,
That is know as the children's hour.

I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight,
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with golden hair.

A whisper and then a silence:
Yet I know by their merry eyes,
They are plotting and planning together,
To take me by surprise.

A sudden rush from the stairway,
A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
They enter my castle wall!

They climb up into my turret
O'er the arms and back of my chair;
If I try to escape, they surround me,
They seem to be everywhere.

They almost devour me with kisses,
Their arms about me entwine,
Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen
In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!

Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,
Because you have scaled the wall,
Such an old mustache as I am
Is not a match for you all?

I have you fast in my fortress
And will not let you depart,
But put you down in the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.

And there will I keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!

The Children's Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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RE: Quote, February 4, 2011

This is so charming!


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RE: Quote, February 4, 2011

Just beautiful!


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Reminds me of my two daughters a million years ago. Steve in Baltimore County.


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  • Posted by mwheel East. WV-Z.6 (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 4, 11 at 13:42

This one made me smile. Thank you.


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RE: Quote, February 4, 2011

Oh men, including, Longfellow: "But put you down in the dungeon In the round-tower of my heart." How about putting your children in the sunshine of your heart?


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RE: Quote, February 4, 2011

Remember lying on the floor by the wood burner and grandma or grandpa reading that poem to me before I could read. I always asked them to read it again as soon as they finished.


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I love that poem, despite the flaw of sentiment pointed out by West. Smiles.


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