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lost children's poem
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: June 18, 2003 05:08PM

A friend asked me ages ago if I knew a poem about waking in the night and being afraid of the shape a coat made hanging on a door, thinking it was a ghost or an intruder or something. Very atmospheric - a bit like The Listeners, I think, with some moonlight in it. It rang a vague bell, but I've never been able to pin it down. Any ideas, anyone?


A A Milne?
Posted by: Henryp (213.78.99.---)
Date: June 18, 2003 07:00PM

I'm checking A A Milne and Christopher Robin. I think the cloak behind the door may have belonged to the nanny.


Hush! Hush!
Posted by: Henryp (213.78.104.---)
Date: June 19, 2003 03:55PM

I was thinking of Vespers, the final poem in 'When we were very young' by Alan Alexander Milne. It's not very frightening though.

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

God bless Mummy. I know that's right.
Wasn't it fun in the bath to-night?
The cold's so cold, and the hot's so hot.
Oh! God bless Daddy - I quite forgot.

If I open my fingers a little bit more,
I can see Nanny's dressing-gown on the door.
It's a beautiful blue, but it hasn't a hood.
Oh! God bless Nanny and make her good.

Mine has a hood, and I lie in bed,
And pull the hood right over my head,
And I shut my eyes, and I curl up small,
And nobody knows that I'm there at all.

Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.
And what was the other I had to say?
I said "Bless Daddy," so what can it be?
Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers


Re: lost children's poem
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: June 20, 2003 03:53AM

Thanks for trying Henryp, but it's not that. I'd forgotten Nanny's dressing gown was in that poem - it was a good idea!




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