I Remember, I Remember

Original Text: 
Friendship's Offering: A literary album (London: L. Relfe, 1826).
1I remember, I remember,
2The house where I was born,
3The little window where the sun
4Came peeping in at morn;
5He never came a wink too soon,
6Nor brought too long a day,
7But now, I often wish the night
8Had borne my breath away!
9I remember, I remember,
10The roses, red and white,
11The vi'lets, and the lily-cups,
12Those flowers made of light!
13The lilacs where the robin built,
14And where my brother set
15The laburnum on his birthday,--
16The tree is living yet!
17  I remember, I remember,
18Where I was used to swing,
19And thought the air must rush as fresh
20To swallows on the wing;
21My spirit flew in feathers then,
22That is so heavy now,
23And summer pools could hardly cool
24The fever on my brow!
25  I remember, I remember,
26The fir trees dark and high;
27I used to think their slender tops
28Were close against the sky:
29It was a childish ignorance,
30But now 'tis little joy
31To know I'm farther off from heav'n
32Than when I was a boy.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
J. D. Robins
RPO Edition: 
2RP.2.330; RPO 1996-2000.