Voorbeeld: Boek

Child of the pure unclouded brow And dreaming eyes of wonder! Though time be fleet, and I and thou Are half a life asunder, Thy loving smile will surely hail The love-gift of a fairy-tale. I have not seen thy sunny face, Nor heard thy silver laughter: No thought of me shall find a place In thy young life’s hereafter – Enough that now thou wilt not fail To listen to my fairy-tale. A tale begun in other days, When summer suns were glowing– A simple chime, that served to time The rhythm of our rowing– Whose echoes live in memory yet, Though envious years would say “forget.” Come, hearken, ere voice of dread, With bitter tidings laden, Shall summon to unwelcome bed A melancholy maiden! We are but older children, dear, Who fret to find our bedtime near. Without, the frost, the blinding snow, The storm-wind ’s moody madness– Within, the firelight’s ruddy glow, And childhood’s nest of gladness. The magic words shall hold the fast: Thou shalt not heed the raving blast. And, though the shadow of a sigh May tremble through the story,