Letty's Globe

Original Text: 
Collected Sonnets Old and New (London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1880) : 342. PR 5699 T7 Robarts Library
1When Letty had scarce pass'd her third glad year,
2And her young, artless words began to flow,
3One day we gave the child a colour'd sphere
4Of the wide earth, that she might mark and know,
5By tint and outline, all its sea and land.
6She patted all the world; old empires peep'd
7Between her baby fingers; her soft hand
8Was welcome at all frontiers. How she leap'd,
9And laugh'd, and prattled in her world-wide bliss;
10But when we turn'd her sweet unlearned eye
11On our own isle, she raised a joyous cry,
12'Oh! yes, I see it, Letty's home is there!'
13And, while she hid all England with a kiss,
14Bright over Europe fell her golden hair.
Publication Start Year: 
1880
Publication Notes: 
Collected Sonnets Old and New (London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1880) : 342. PR 5699 T7 Robarts Library
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2004
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