The Children's Hour

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The Children's Hour - poemat wydany w 1860, jego autorem jest Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Poemat ukazał się po raz pierwszy we wrześniowym wydaniu gazety The Atlantic Monthly. Utwór mówi o idealnej rodzinie poety i jego córkach: Alice, Edith i Anne Allegra[1].

Wraz z poematem emitowany była grafika autorstwa Thomasa Buchanana Reada przedstawiająca córki Longfellowa.

Tekst poematu (oryg. - jęz. ang.)[edytuj | edytuj kod]

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight,
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with golden hair.

A whisper, and then a silence:
Yet I know by their merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together
To take me by surprise.

A sudden rush from the stairway,
A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
They enter my castle wall!

They climb up into my turret
O'er the arms and back of my chair;
If I try to escape, they surround me;
They seem to be everywhere.

They almost devour me with kisses,
Their arms about me entwine,
Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen
In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!

Do you think, o blue-eyed banditti,
Because you have scaled the wall,
Such an old mustache as I am
Is not a match for you all!

I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.

And there will I keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!

Przypisy

  1. Nelson, Randy F. The Almanac of American Letters. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc., 1981: 63. ISBN 086576008X