Kate Greenaway Poems
The Four Princesses
FOUR Princesses lived in a Green Tower–
A Bright Green Tower in the middle of the sea;
And no one could think–oh, no one could think–
Who the Four Princesses could be.
One looked to the North, and one to the South,
And one to the East, and one to the West;
They were all so pretty, so very pretty,
You could not tell which was the prettiest.
Their curls were golden–their eyes were blue,
And their voices were sweet as a silvery bell;
And four white birds around them flew,
But where they came from–who could tell?
Oh, who could tell? for no one ...
FIVE little Girls, sitting on a form,
Five little Girls, with lessons to learn,
Five little Girls, who, I'm afraid,
Won't know them a bit when they have to be said.
For little eyes are given to look
Anywhere else than on their book;
And little thoughts are given to stray
Anywhere–ever so far away.