The Hunting of the Snark

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Author: Lewis Carroll  | Date: 1876

INSCRIBED TO A DEAR CHILD:

IN MEMORY OF GOLDEN SUMMER HOURS

AND WHISPERS OF A SUMMER SEA

Girt with a boyish garb for boyish task,

Eager she wields her spade: yet loves as well

Rest on a friendly knee, intent to ask

The tale he loves to tell.

Rude spirits of the seething outer strife,

Unmeet to read her pure and simple spright,

Deem, if you list, such hours a waste of life,

Empty of all delight!

Chat on, sweet Maid, and rescue from annoy

Hearts that by wiser talk are unbeguiled.

Ah, happy he who owns that tenderest joy,

The heart-love of a child!

Away, fond thoughts, and vex my soul no more!

Work claims my wakeful nights, my busy days-

Albeit bright memories of that sunlit shore

Yet haunt my dreaming gaze!

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Chicago: Lewis Carroll, "Inscribed to a Dear Child:," The Hunting of the Snark Original Sources, accessed February 27, 2021, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R899KIAYKPYDNCM.

MLA: Carroll, Lewis. "Inscribed to a Dear Child:." The Hunting of the Snark, Original Sources. 27 Feb. 2021. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R899KIAYKPYDNCM.

Harvard: Carroll, L, 'Inscribed to a Dear Child:' in The Hunting of the Snark. Original Sources, retrieved 27 February 2021, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=R899KIAYKPYDNCM.