Lewis Carroll

(27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898 / Cheshire)

Dedication - Poem by Lewis Carroll

Inscribed to a Dear Child:
In Memory of Golden Summer Hours
And Whispers of a Summer Sea


Girt with a boyish garb for boyish task,
Eager she wields her spade: yet loves as well
Rest on a friendly knee, intent to ask
The tale he loves to tell.
Rude spirits of the seething outer strife,
Unmeet to read her pure and simple spright,
Deem if you list, such hours a waste of life,
Empty of all delight!

Chat on, sweet Maid, and rescue from annoy
Hearts that by wiser talk are unbeguiled.
Ah, happy he who owns that tenderest joy,
The heart-love of a child!


Comments about Dedication by Lewis Carroll

  • Lantz Pierre (5/3/2017 3:38:00 AM)


    Okay, here we go again with the random disregard for authorial intention by the administrators of this site.

    The poem above is (nearly) the actual dedication written by Lewis Carroll to launch his book, The Hunting of the Snark, into the mind of the reader. Dedications are rarely thought to be independent works of literature within the greater books where they appear. But, okay, Carroll wrote the dedication in verse and the clowns that run this place thought that sufficient reason to collect here on their site. Problem with that is, they left off the concluding stanza of the dedication. so I present here:

    Away, fond thoughts, and vex my soul no more!
    Work claims my wakeful nights, my busy days—
    Albeit bright memories of that sunlit shore
    Yet haunt my dreaming gaze!

    All in all a lovely tribute to a youthful muse. But nowhere near as deep and rich as the piece to which it is but an incidental prelude.

    Hey, Poemhunter.com admins, get your xit together.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/3/2017 12:36:00 AM)


    To a dear child! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/3/2017 12:22:00 AM)


    Pure and simple..... thanks for posting..... (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/6/2015 1:39:00 PM)


    He does seem to have an affection for children despite wanting to scare the heebie-jeebies out of them in Alice in Wonderland (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (1/28/2007 9:30:00 PM)


    'The heart-love of a child' how simply precious and true. Children love from the heart with nothing else in mind, just pure love.---Beautiful poem---Melvina (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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