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Epilogue to Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll


A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July--

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear
Pleased a simple tale to hear--

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream--
Lingering in the golden gleam--
Life, what is it but a dream?

This poem is in the public domain.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898) started life as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. A preacher’s son, he began writing poetry as a child, which he published in homemade newspapers. Despite a stammer (he called it "a hesitation") which plagued him throughout his life, Lewis was a popular public speaker, as well as a gifted mathematician and photographer. Writing was his true calling, though, and he published at least a dozen literary works and another dozen mathematical works which brought him great fame and fortune. Lewis loved word play and logic; many of his works include fun, nonsensical, or fantasy elements.


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Love it...thanks much
Posted 07/10/2018 11:33 PM
Incredible talent from the past.
Posted 07/08/2018 01:47 PM
What a magnificent find, modernly formatted for hand-held devices. Thanks, Jayne!
Posted 07/08/2018 10:09 AM
michael escoubas:
Love to linger upon the lilting cadence and rhyming sounds in this poem.
Posted 07/08/2018 09:06 AM
Larry Schug:
Hmmm--I wonder what he was escaping from. I don't know anything of his life (except from this short bio.) outside of writing. I think I should learn more.
Posted 07/08/2018 08:41 AM
I wasn't aware of this poem. Thanks so much for sharing it.
Posted 07/08/2018 08:35 AM

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