Sunday, August 7, 2011

Even More Poems

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    by Lewis Carroll

All in the Golden Afternoon
All in the golden afternoon
    Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
    By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
    Our wanderings to glide.

Ah, cruel Three!  In such an hour
    Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
    To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
    Against three tongues together?  
Imperious Perma flashes forth
    Her edict “to begin it” –
In gentler tone Secunda hopes
     “There will be nonsense in it!” –
While Tertia interrupts the tale
    Not more than once a minute.
Anon, to sudden silence won,
    In fancy they pursue
The dream-child moving through a land
    Of wonders wild and new,
In friendly chat with bird or beast –
    And half believe it true. 

And ever, as the story drained
    The wells of fancy dry,
And faintly strove that weary one
    To put the subject by,
“The rest next time –”  “It is next time!”
    The happy voices cry.

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
    Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out –
    And now the tale is done,
And home we steer , a merry crew,
    Beneath the setting sun.  
Alice!  A childish story take,
    And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood’s dreams are twined
    In Memory’s mystic band,
Like pilgrim’s wither’d wreath of flowers
    Pluck’d in a far-off land. 

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