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Eugene Field (1850-1895)

The Dinkey Bird


              1In an ocean, 'way out yonder,
              2    (As all sapient people know)
              3Is the land of Wonder-Wander,
              4    Whither children love to go;
              5It's their playing, romping, swinging,
              6    That give great joy to me
              7While the Dinkey-Bird goes singing
              8    In the amfalula tree!

              9There the gum-drops grow like cherries,
            10    And taffy's thick as peas--
            11Caramels you pick like berries
            12    When, and where, and how you please;
            13Big red sugar-plums are clinging
            14To the cliffs beside that sea
            15Where the Dinkey-Bird is singing
            16    In the amfalula tree!

            17So when children shout and scamper
            18    And make merry all the day,
            19When there's naught to put a damper
            20    To the ardor of their play;
            21When I hear their laughter ringing,
            22    Then I'm sure as sure can be
            23That the Dinkey-Bird is singing
            24    In the amfalula tree!

            25For the Dinkey-Bird's bravuras
            26    And staccatos are so sweet--
            27His roulades, appoggiaturas,
            28    And robustos so complete,
            29That the youth of every nation--
            30    Be they near or far away--
            31Have especial delectation
            32    In that gladsome roundelay.

            33Their eyes grow bright and brighter,
            34    Their lungs begin to crow,
            35Their hearts get light and lighter,
            36    And their cheeks are all aglow;
            37For an echo cometh bringing
            38    The news to all and me,
            39That the Dinkey-Bird is singing
            40    In the amfalula tree.

            41I'm sure you like to go there
            42    To see your feathered friend--
            43And so many goodies grow there
            44    You would like to comprehend!
            45Speed, little dreams, your winging
            46    To that land across the sea
            47Where the Dinkey-Bird is singing
            48    In the amfalula tree!

Notes

26] staccatos: notes cut short.

27] roulades: vocal embellishments on a single syllable
appoggiaturas: minor notes preceding essential notes

32] roundelay: song with refrain


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: Eugene Field, Lullaby-Land: Poems of Childhood (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904): 43-46.
First publication date: 1904
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/27

Rhyme: ababcdcd


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