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Thursday, June 16, 2011

To a Child

(Girl Reading, 1828, by Gustav Henning,
1797-1869, German artist)

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. ~ Seventeenth-century English proverb


My fairest child, I have no song to sing thee;
No lark could pipe in skies so dull and gray;
Yet, if thou wilt, one lesson I will give thee
For every day.

Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever;
Do lovely things, not dream them, all day long;
And so make Life, Death, and that vast For Ever
One grand sweet song.

~ Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), English poet, novelist, and historian

1 comment:

The old gentleman... said...

"Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever" is a memorable line with an evident---but partial---truth. For the truly clever approach the truly reasonable, and these are never at odds with the truly good.