Through the Looking Glass
and what Alice found there
Lewis Carroll

Child of the pure unclouded brow
    And dreaming eyes of wonder!
Though time be fleet, and I and thou
    Are half a life asunder,
Thy loving smile will surely hail
The love-gift of a fairy-tale.
I have not seen thy sunny face,
    Nor heard thy silver laughter;
No thought of me shall find a place
    In thy young life's hearafter --
Enough that now thou wilt not fail
To listen to my fairy-tale.
A tale begun in other days,
    When summer suns were glowing --
A simple chime, that served to time
    The rhythm of our rowing --
Whose echoes live in memory yet,
Though envious years would say 'forget'.
Come, hearken then, ere voice of dread,
    With bitter tidings laden,
Shall summon to unwelcome bed
    A melancholy maiden!
We are but older children, dear,
Who fret to find out bedtime near.
Without, the frost, the blinding snow,
    The storm-wind's moody madness --
Within, the firelight's ruddy glow
    And childhood's nest of gladness.
The magic words shall hold thee fast:
Thou shalt not heed the raving blast.
And though the shadow of a sigh
    May tremble through the story,
For 'happy summer days' gone by,
    And vanish'd summer glory --
It shall not touch with breath of bale
The pleasance of our fairy-tale.


Fable Index
Chapter I