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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:196
AUTHOR:Francis Thompson (1859–1907)
QUOTATION:Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of to-day. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul; it is to live in a nutshell and to count yourself the king of infinite space; it is
        To see a world in a grain of sand,
        And a Heaven in a wild flower,
        Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
        And eternity in an hour;
it is to know not as yet that you are under sentence of life, nor petition that it be commuted into death.
ATTRIBUTION:FRANCIS THOMPSON, “Shelley,” The Works of Francis Thompson, vol. 3, pp. 7–8 (1913).

  The poem quoted is “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake.
SUBJECTS:Children
 
 
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