A Nursery Darling by Lewis Carroll
"A Nursery Darling" is a poem by Carroll that discusses the life of a nursery child. It is divided into two parts: "A Mother's breast" and "A Darling's kiss". Both stanzas include the rhyme scheme ABBBCCCA. The first stanza states that a child seeks refuge from all their troubles and tears by their mother's breast. The second stanza states that the kiss of a "darling" is the sweetest thing of all and it brings dreams ofheaven.
A Nursery Darling A Mother's breast: Safe refuge from her childish fears, From childish troubles, childish tears, Mists that enshroud her dawning years! see how in sleep she seems to sing A voiceless psalm--an offering Raised, to the glory of her King In Love: for Love is Rest. A Darling's kiss: Dearest of all the signs that fleet From lips that lovingly repeat Again, again, the message sweet! Full to the brim with girlish glee, A child, a very child is she, Whose dream of heaven is still to be At Home: for Home is Bliss.
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