All In The Golden Afternoon Poem by Lewis Carroll

All In The Golden Afternoon

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All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretense
Our wanderings to guide.

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour,
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Against three tongues together?

Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict to "begin it"--
In gentler tones Secunda hopes
"There will be nonsense in it"--
While Tertia interrupts the tale
Not more than once a minute.

Anon, to sudden silence won,
In fancy they pursue
The dream-child moving through a land
Of wonders wild and new,
In friendly chat with bird or beast--
And half believe it true.

And ever, as the story drained
The wells of fancy dry,
And faintly strove that weary one
To put the subject by,
"The rest next time"--"It is next time!"
The happy voices cry.

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out--
And now the tale is done,
And home we steer, a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! a childish story take,
And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
In Memory's mystic band,
Like pilgrim's withered wreath of flowers
Plucked in a far-off land.

Submitted by foolish Paeter

Wael Moreicheh 27 May 2008

fancy and lovely also pretty WAEL MOREICHEH

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Ratnakar Mandlik 13 February 2016

A beautifully penned story poem for the children, full of fancy and childish humor. Thanks for sharing.

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Sona Wilae 20 November 2017

Quaint and lovely archaic recreation!

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Kshirod Kumar Dehury 20 November 2017

oh nice this poem, thanks for you

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Morgan Michaels 20 November 2017

Nice but a little versey for my taste.

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Edward Kofi Louis 20 November 2017

Tongues together! ! Thanks for sharing.

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 20 November 2017

Oh what a poem told in tale of Wonderland that drained the wells of fancy dry to make children inclined to think.... I fancy there are many such stories in real life which will never get told......thanks for sharing

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Bernard F. Asuncion 20 November 2017

Such a fine poem by Lewis Carroll....

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