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Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

Oh! That We Two Were Maying


              1Oh! that we two were Maying
              2Down the stream of the soft spring breeze;
              3Like children with violets playing
              4In the shade of the whispering trees.

              5Oh! that we two sat dreaming
              6On the sward of some sheep-trimmed down,
              7Watching the white mist steaming
              8Over river and mead and town.

              9Oh! that we two lay sleeping
            10In our nest in the churchyard sod,
            11With our limbs at rest on the quiet earth's breast,
            12And our souls at home with God!


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Charles Kingsley, The Saint's Tragedy (London: J. W. Parker, 1848). PR 4842 S3 1848 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1848
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP.2.486; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/9

Rhyme: abab


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