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Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Parental Recollections

              1A child's a plaything for an hour;
              2    Its pretty tricks we try
              3For that or for a longer space;
              4    Then tire, and lay it by.

              5But I knew one, that to itself
              6    All seasons could controul;
              7That would have mock'd the sense of pain
              8    Out of a grieved soul.

              9Thou, straggler into loving arms,
            10    Young climber up of knees,
            11When I forget thy thousand ways,
            12    Then life and all shall cease.


1] Lucas attributes this poem questionably to Charles Lamb.

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: The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, ed. E. V. Lucas, III (London: Methuen, 1903): 398. PR 4860 A2 1968 Robarts Library. Lucas' text made from Andrew W. Tuer's facsimiles.
First publication date: 1809
Publication date note: Poetry for Children, Entirely Original, 2 vols. (London: M. J. Godwin, 1809)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 4:2002/2/17

Composition date: 1808 - 1809
Form: Common Measure
Rhyme: abcb

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