Thursday, February 07, 2008

Best Use of the Word "Swang"

Robert Louis Stevenson
The Child's Garden of Verses

Farewell to the Farm

The coach is at the door at last;
The eager children, mounting fast
And kissing hands, in chorus sing:
Good-bye, good-bye, to everything!

To house and garden, field and lawn,
The meadow-gates we swang upon,
To pump and stable, tree and swing,
Good-bye, good-bye, to everything!

And fare you well for evermore,
O ladder at the hayloft door,
O hayloft where the cobwebs cling,
Good-bye, good-bye, to everything!

Crack goes the whip, and off we go;
The trees and houses smaller grow;
Last, round the woody turn we sing:
Good-bye, good-bye, to everything!


At 4:48 PM, Blogger Erika Blare said...

I love this book, I've had it ever since I was a toddler. My mom used to read it to me, but I never really appreciated it until I grew up. This poem is a great choice to feature. Btw, I'll never look at the word "swang" the same way again. :)


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