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backward o backward turn
Posted by: miles (159.214.124.---)
Date: November 14, 2002 01:04PM

in the movie "a river runs through it" tom skerritt, a preacher quotes this poem in his sermon. "backward o backward turn time in your flight, let me be young again, just for tonight". who was the poet? the name of the poem?


Re: help
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: November 14, 2002 01:15PM

Here's the first verse:

Backward, turn backward, Oh Time! in your flight
Make me a child again--just for tonight!
Mother, come back from the echoeless shore,
Take me again to your heart as of yore;
Kiss from my forehead the furrow of care,
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hairs
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep
Rock me to sleep, Mother, rock me to sleep!

This was a little bit tricky to find, because there's a very BAD recent ewrite of it that pops up first when you net-search.

However... eMuleskinners are never daunted!!!

THIS SITE: [docsouth.unc.edu]
contains the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, 1844-1920.

She did NOT write the poem, but she read it in the MONROE INTELLIGENCER and loved it so much that she copied it out in full.

Go to the website and search for the word FLIGHT and you'll see the whole (very long) poem.

(Another item for my list of Poems in Films!)


Re: help
Posted by: miles (159.214.124.---)
Date: November 14, 2002 01:23PM

thank you so much-never been to this site, and am not really a poetry buff but when i hear a good one, and this is it stirs something in me. thank you again and i will go to that site. Marian-NYC wrote:


Here's the first verse:

Backward, turn backward, Oh Time! in
your flight
Make me a child again--just for
tonight!
Mother, come back from the echoeless
shore,
Take me again to your heart as of
yore;
Kiss from my forehead the furrow of
care,
Smooth the few silver threads out of
my hairs
Over my slumbers your loving watch
keep
Rock me to sleep, Mother, rock me to
sleep!

This was a little bit tricky to find, because there's a very
BAD recent ewrite of it that pops up first when you net-search.

However... eMuleskinners are never daunted!!!

THIS SITE: [docsouth.unc.edu]
contains the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, 1844-1920.

She did NOT write the poem, but she read it in the MONROE
INTELLIGENCER and loved it so much that she copied it out in
full.

Go to the website and search for the word FLIGHT and you'll
see the whole (very long) poem.

(Another item for my list of Poems in Films!)


Re: help
Posted by: grog haufmann (---.islandtelecom.com)
Date: October 20, 2004 06:14PM

The authoress of that poem was Elizabeth (Akers) Allen and it is entitled 'Rock Me To Sleep, Mother':

Backward, turn backward, o time in your flight, make me a child again, just for tonight ......................... a wonderful poem, all seven long verses of it!

GH


Re: help
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 21, 2004 12:10PM




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