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Short poem

William Brighty Rands (1823-1882)


              1Brown eyes,
              2    Straight nose;
              3Dirt pies,
              4    Rumpled clothes;

              5Torn books,
              6    Spoilt toys;
              7Arch looks,
              8    Unlike a boy's;

              9Little rages,
            10    Obvious arts;
            11(Three her age is,)
            12    Cakes, tarts;

            13Falling down
            14    Off chairs;
            15Breaking crown
            16    Down stairs;

            17Catching flies
            18    On the pane;
            19Deep sighs,--
            20    Cause not plain.

            21Bribing you
            22    With kisses
            23For a few
            24    Farthing blisses;

            25Wide awake,
            26    As you hear,
            27"Mercy's sake,
            28    Quiet, dear!"

            29New shoes,
            30    New frock;
            31Vague views
            32    Of what's o'clock

            33When it's time
            34    To go to bed,
            35And scorn sublime
            36    Of what is said;

            37Folded hands,
            38    Saying prayers,
            40    Not, nor cares;

            41Thinks it odd,
            42    Smiles away;
            43Yet may God
            44    Hear her pray!

            45Bedgown white,
            46    Kiss Dolly;
            48    That's Polly,

            49Fast asleep,
            50    As you see;
            51Heaven keep
            52    My girl for me!

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: W. B. Rand, Lilliput Lyrics, ed. R. Brimley Johnson (London: John Lane, the Bodley Head, 1899): 112-15. del F Fisher Rare Book Library.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/30

Rhyme: abab

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