Verses To Two Children

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With a Copy of Lear's " Nonsense Rhymes "

DARLINGS, if I may call you so,

 I fear that I can only sing 

Of sorrows that your elders know.

 To you I send a better thing. 

Oh may you wander many a day

 Across the great Gromboolian plain. 

Because, when I was far away.

 You came and brought me back again. 

Because, when darkness covered me,

 You came and took me by the hand. 

And opened my blind eyes to see

 The little hills of Fairyland. 

Brora, 1912