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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: I. About Children
“I remember, I remember”
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
I REMEMBER, I remember
  The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
  Came peeping in at morn.
He never came a wink too soon,        5
  Nor brought too long a day;
But now I often wish the night
  Had borne my breath away!
 
I remember, I remember
  The roses, red and white,        10
The violets, and the lily-cups,—
  Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
  And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,—        15
The tree is living yet!
 
I remember, I remember
  Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
  To swallows on the wing;        20
My spirit flew in feathers then,
  That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
  The fever on my brow!
 
I remember, I remember        25
  The fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
  Were close against the sky.
It was a childish ignorance,
  But now ’t is little joy        30
To know I ’m farther off from heaven
  Than when I was a boy.
 
 
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