1] Kingsley's collected works include a revised version of this work, entitled "A Farewell To C. E. G.", in Poems (London: Macmillan, 1889): 284, but it is debatable whether or not it improves on the original.
My fairest child, I have no song to give you;
No lark could pipe in skies so dull and gray;
Yet, if you will, one quiet hint I'll leave you,
For every day.
I'll tell you how to sing a clearer carol
Than lark who hails the dawn or breezy down;
To earn yourself a purer poet's laurel
Than Shakespeare's crown.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever;
Do lovely things, not dream them, all day long;
And so make Life, and Death, and that For Ever,
One grand sweet song.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Andromeda and Other Poems (London: John W. Parker, 1858): 64. PR 4842 .A5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1858
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2001
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/9
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