Boat beneath a Sunny Sky, A

Original Text: 

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice Found There (London: Macmillan and Co., 1872): 223. Brabant Carroll Collection C37 T476 1872 copy 3. Fisher Rare Book Library.

1A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
2Lingering onward dreamily
3In an evening of July --
4Children three that nestle near,
5Eager eye and willing ear,
6Pleased a simple tale to hear --
7Long has paled that sunny sky:
8Echoes fade and memories die:
9Autumn frosts have slain July.
10Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
11Alice moving under skies
12Never seen by waking eyes.
13Children yet, the tale to hear,
14Eager eye and willing ear,
15Lovingly shall nestle near.
16In a Wonderland they lie,
17Dreaming as the days go by,
18Dreaming as the summers die:
19Ever drifting down the stream --
20Lingering in the golden gleam --
21Life, what is it but a dream?
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.