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Old John with Grey Hair
Posted by: Frances (---.lond-a-2.access.uk.tiscali.com)
Date: September 03, 2004 06:48PM

My father died recently and left me with a puzzling snippet of poetry. Help please!

Old John with grey hair
Does laugh away care
Sitting under the oak
With the old folk
They laugh at our play
And soon they all say
Such, such were the joys
When we all, girls and boys,
In our youth time were seen
On the echoing green.

Thank you


Re: Old John with Grey Hair
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: September 03, 2004 07:53PM

The Echoing Green,
by William Blake

The sun does arise,
And make happy the skies;
The merry bells ring
To welcome the spring;
The skylark and thrush,
The birds of the bush,
Sing louder around
To the bell's cheerful sound,
While our sports shall be seen
On the Echoing Green.

Old John with white hair,
Does laugh away care,
Sitting under the oak,
Among the old folk.
They laugh at our play,
And soon they all say:
"Such, such were the joys
When we all, girls and boys,
In our youth time were seen
On the Echoing Green."

Till the little ones, weary,
No more can be merry;
The sun does descend,
And our sports have an end.
Round the laps of their mothers
Many sisters and brother,
Like birds in their nest,
Are ready for rest,
And sport no more seen
On the darkening Green.



Post Edited (09-04-04 04:16)


Re: Old John with Grey Hair
Posted by: Frances (---.lond-b-3.access.uk.tiscali.com)
Date: September 19, 2004 03:12PM

Thank you so much. I was surprised that the poem was the product of such a well known poet. I'm only sorry that I didn't find out before Dad died.




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