by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

The children's hour
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
 Between the dark and the daylight,
 When the night is beginning to lower,
 Comes a pause in the days occupations,
 That is known as Children's Hour.

 I hear in the chamber above me
 the patter of little feet
 The sound of a door that is opened
 and voices soft and sweet.

 From my study I see in the lamplight
 Descending the broad hall stair,
 Grave Alice and laughing Allegra
 and Edith with golden hair.


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfredo García) , title 1: "La hora de los niños", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 75