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e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

little tree


              1little tree
              2little silent Christmas tree
              3you are so little
              4you are more like a flower

              5who found you in the green forest
              6and were you very sorry to come away?
              7see       i will comfort you
              8because you smell so sweetly

              9i will kiss your cool bark
            10and hug you safe and tight
            11just as your mother would,
            12only don't be afraid

            13look       the spangles
            14that sleep all the year in a dark box
            15dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
            16the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

            17put up your little arms
            18and i'll give them all to you to hold
            19every finger shall have its ring
            20and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy

            21then when you're quite dressed
            22you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
            23and how they'll stare!
            24oh but you'll be very proud

            25and my little sister and i will take hands
            26and looking up at our beautiful tree
            27we'll dance and sing
            28"Noel Noel"


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: "CHANSONS INNOCENTES," II, XLI Poems (New York: Dial Press, 1925): 22. Firmage A5, Berg Collection, New York Public Library.
First publication date: January 1920
Publication date note: The Dial 68.1 (Jan. 1920): 22
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12

Form: quatrains of variable-length lines
Rhyme: unrhyming


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