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Song of Wishes

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Song of Wishes
written by Walter de la Mare
Songs of Childhood (1902) Link to further information




  O for a moon to light me home!
      O for a lanthorn green!
  For those sweet stars the Pleiades,
  That glitter in the twilight trees;
      O for a lovelorn taper! O
      For a lanthorn green!

  O for a frock of tartan!
      O for clear, wild, grey eyes!
  For fingers light as violets,
  'Neath branches that the blackbird frets;
      O for a thistly meadow! O
      For clear, wild grey eyes!

  O for a heart like almond boughs!
      O for sweet thoughts like rain!
  O for first-love like fields of grey,
  Shut April-buds at break of day!
      O for a sleep like music!
      For still dreams like rain!

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