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Childhood - Poem by David Bates

Childhood, sweet and sunny childhood,
With its careless, thoughtless air,
Like the verdant, tangled wildwood,
Wants the training hand of care.

See it springing all around us --
Glad to know, and quick to learn;
Asking questions that confound us;
Teaching lessons in its turn.

Who loves not its joyous revel,
Leaping lightly on the lawn,
Up the knoll, along the level,
Free and graceful as a fawn?

Let it revel; it is nature
Giving to the little dears
Strength of limb, and healthful features,
For the toil of coming years.

He who checks a child with terror,
Stops its play, and stills its song,
Not alone commits an error,
But a great and moral wrong.

Give it play, and never fear it --
Active life is no defect;
Never, never break its spirit --
Curb it only to direct.

Would you dam the flowing river,
Thinking it would cease to flow?
Onward it must go forever --
Better teach it where to go.

Childhood is a fountain welling,
Trace its channel in the sand,
And its currents, spreading, swelling,
Will revive the withered land.

Childhood is the vernal season;
Trim and train the tender shoot;
Love is to the coming reason,
As the blossom to the fruit.

Tender twigs are bent and folded --
Art to nature beauty lends;
Childhood easily is moulded;
Manhood breaks, but seldom bends.


Comments about Childhood by David Bates

  • Rookie Leela chatterjee (6/7/2018 9:42:00 PM)

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Poems About Childhood

  1. 1. Childhood , David Bates
  2. 2. Childhood , Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. 3. Ode On Intimations Of Immortality From R.. , William Wordsworth
  4. 4. Childhood - The 21st Century , Ernestine Northover
  5. 5. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  6. 6. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  7. 7. Hiawatha's Childhood , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. 8. My Childhood , jahanvi .................... ..
  9. 9. A Childhood Forgotten, A Childhood Lost , Dani Baxter
  10. 10. Childhood , Henry Vaughan
  11. 11. Childhood , Richard Aldington
  12. 12. Childhood , Anne Bradstreet
  13. 13. Childhood , Arthur Rimbaud
  14. 14. Childhood , Jose Asuncion Silva
  15. 15. A Lover Since Childhood , Robert Graves
  16. 16. My Childhood Garden , danielle eager
  17. 17. Discord In Childhood , David Herbert Lawrence
  18. 18. # A Love Affair That Began In Childhood , Mamta Agarwal
  19. 19. Childhood. (From The Danish) , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  20. 20. Childhood , C. P. Sharma
  21. 21. The Prelude, Book 1: Childhood And Schoo.. , William Wordsworth
  22. 22. Childhood Memories Sung To The Tune Of S.. , Tim Bovee
  23. 23. Book First [introduction-Childhood And S.. , William Wordsworth
  24. 24. (152) The Coal Train (Childhood .. , Melvina Germain
  25. 25. ! Childhood , Michael Shepherd
  26. 26. Childhood , Philip Vincent Sanders
  27. 27. Childhood , Hasmukh Amathalal
  28. 28. ' ' ' ' ' 'Childhood Traumas(For My Old .. , Dónall Dempsey
  29. 29. L'Enfance (Childhood) , Victor Marie Hugo
  30. 30. Childhood Faded Away , jim foulk
  31. 31. Last Word To Childhood , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  32. 32. A Happy Childhood , William Matthews
  33. 33. ! An Exploration Of The Subtleties Of Th.. , Michael Shepherd
  34. 34. 'Childhood Memories' , Linda Winchell
  35. 35. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  36. 36. A Faint Whiff Of My Childhood. , Ravi Panamanna
  37. 37. Picture Of Childhood , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  38. 38. ' ' ' Childhood Tankas , Dónall Dempsey
  39. 39. The Joy Of Childhood , George Darley
  40. 40. Childhood , Karon Yan
  41. 41. Spun Tales Of A Boy's Childhood Put Into.. , Ted Sheridan
  42. 42. Childhood Dreams , Joe Howell
  43. 43. I Remember My Childhood , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. 'Childhood Dreams Of Flight' , Linda Winchell
  45. 45. An Indian Summer Of My Childhood , indira babbellapati
  46. 46. ! ! ! A Childhood Friend Comes Visiting-.. , Mamta Agarwal
  47. 47. 'A Missed Childhood' , Linda Winchell
  48. 48. In Childhood , Kimiko Hahn
  49. 49. Childhood , Mr. Bean
  50. 50. My Childhood , anju addanki
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