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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
Birds of Passage
Flight the Third.
The Castle-Builder
A GENTLE boy, with soft and silken locks,
  A dreamy boy, with brown and tender eyes,
A castle-builder, with his wooden blocks,
  And towers that touch imaginary skies.
A fearless rider on his father’s knee,        5
  An eager listener unto stories told
At the Round Table of the nursery,
  Of heroes and adventures manifold.
There will be other towers for thee to build;
  There will be other steeds for thee to ride;        10
There will be other legends, and all filled
  With greater marvels and more glorified.
Build on, and make thy castles high and fair,
  Rising and reaching upward to the skies;
Listen to voices in the upper air,        15
  Nor lose thy simple faith in mysteries.

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