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The bookworm

Language: English

'I'm tired -- oh, tired of books,' said Jack,
  'I long for meadows green,
And woods where shadowy violets
  Nod their cool leaves between;
I long to see the ploughman stride
  His darkening acres o'er,
To hear the hoarse sea-waters drive
  Their billows 'gainst the shore;
I long to watch the sea-mew wheel
  Back to her rock-perched mate;
Or, where the breathing cows are housed,
  Lean dreaming o'er the gate.
Something has gone, and ink and print
  Will never bring it back;
I long for the green fields again,
  I'm tired of books,' said Jack.

Confirmed with Peacock Pie. A Book of Rhymes by Walter de la Mare, London: Constable & Co. Ltd., [1920], p. 64

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2014-02-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:29
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