Katherine Mansfield
Dream by Katherine Mansfield

Dream by Katherine Mansfield

To and fro, to and fro In my little boat I go Sailing far across the sea All alone, just little me. And the sea is big and strong And the journey very long. To and fro, to ...

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Butterfly Laughter by Katherine Mansfield

Butterfly Laughter by Katherine Mansfield

In the middle of our porridge platesThere was a blue butterfly paintedAnd each morning we tried who should reach the butterfly first.Then the Grandmother said: "Do not ...

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Loneliness by Katherine Mansfield

Loneliness by Katherine Mansfield

Now it is Loneliness who comes at nightInstead of Sleep, to sit beside my bed.Like a tired child I lie and wait her tread,I watch her softly blowing out the light.Motionless ...

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A Little Girl’s Prayer by Katherine Mansfield

A Little Girl’s Prayer by Katherine Mansfield

Grant me the moment, the lovely momentThat I may lean forth to seeThe other buds, the other blooms,The other leaves on the tree:That I may take into my bosomThe breeze that is ...

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Song Of Karen, The Dancing Child by Katherine Mansfield

Song Of Karen, The Dancing Child by Katherine Mansfield

(O little white feet of mine)Out in the storm and the rain you fly;(Red, red shoes the colour of wine)Can the children hear my cry?(O little white feet of mine)Never a child in ...

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Fairy Tale (2) by Katherine Mansfield

Fairy Tale (2) by Katherine Mansfield

Now folds the Tree of Day its perfect flowers,And every bloom becomes a bud again,Shut and sealed up against the golden showersOf bees that hover in the velvet hours.... Now a ...

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Across The Red Sky by Katherine Mansfield

Across The Red Sky by Katherine Mansfield

Across the red sky two birds flying,Flying with drooping wings.Silent and solitary their ominous flight.All day the triumphant sun with yellow bannersWarred and warred with the ...

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Countrywomen by Katherine Mansfield

Countrywomen by Katherine Mansfield

These be twoCountrywomen.What a size!Grand big armsAnd round red faces;Big substantialSit-down-places;Great big bosoms firm as cheeseBursting through their country jackets;Wide ...

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Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield

Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield

Now's the time when children's nosesAll become as red as rosesAnd the colour of their facesMakes me think of orchard placesWhere the juicy apples grow,And tomatoes in a row.And ...

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Fairy Tale by Katherine Mansfield

Fairy Tale by Katherine Mansfield

Now this is the story of OlafWho ages and ages agoLived right on the top of a mountain,A mountain all covered with snow.And he was quite pretty and tinyWith beautiful curling fair ...

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Sleeping Together by Katherine Mansfield

Sleeping Together by Katherine Mansfield

Sleeping together... how tired you were...How warm our room... how the firelight spreadOn walls and ceiling and great white bed!We spoke in whispers as children do,And now it was ...

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There Was A Child Once by Katherine Mansfield

There Was A Child Once by Katherine Mansfield

There was a child once.He came to play in my garden;He was quite pale and silent.Only when he smiled I knew everything about him,I knew what he had in his pockets,And I knew the ...

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A Joyful Song Of Five by Katherine Mansfield

A Joyful Song Of Five by Katherine Mansfield

Come, let us all sing very highAnd all sing very loudAnd keep on singing in the streetUntil there's quite a crowd;And keep on singing in the houseAnd up and down the stairs;Then ...

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Firelight by Katherine Mansfield

Firelight by Katherine Mansfield

Playing in the fire and twilight together,My little son and I,Suddenly--woefully--I stoop to catch him."Try, mother, try!"Old Nurse Silence lifts a silent finger:"Hush! cease your ...

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Camomile Tea by Katherine Mansfield

Camomile Tea by Katherine Mansfield

Outside the sky is light with stars;There's a hollow roaring from the sea.And, alas! for the little almond flowers,The wind is shaking the almond tree.How little I thought, a year ...

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Grown-Up Talk by Katherine Mansfield

Grown-Up Talk by Katherine Mansfield

Half-Past-Six and I were talkingIn a very grown-up way;We had got so tired with runningThat we did not want to play."How do babies come, I wonder,"He said, looking at the ...

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A Fine Day by Katherine Mansfield

A Fine Day by Katherine Mansfield

After all the rain, the sunShines on hill and grassy mead;Fly into the garden, child,You are very glad indeed.For the days have been so dull,Oh, so special dark and drear,That you ...

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A Day In Bed by Katherine Mansfield

A Day In Bed by Katherine Mansfield

I wish I had not got a cold,The wind is big and wild,I wish that I was very old,Not just a little child.Somehow the day is very longJust keeping here, alone;I do not like the big ...

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On A Young Lady’s Sixth Anniversary by Katherine Mansfield

On A Young Lady’s Sixth Anniversary by Katherine Mansfield

Baby Babbles--only one,Now to sit up has begun.Little Babbles quite turned twoWalks as well as I and you.And Miss Babbles one, two, three,Has a teaspoon at her tea.But her ...

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In The Rangitaki Valley by Katherine Mansfield

In The Rangitaki Valley by Katherine Mansfield

valley of waving broom,O lovely, lovely light,O hear of the world, red-gold!Breast high in the blossom I stand;It beats about me like wavesOf a magical, golden seaThe barren ...

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Deaf House Agent by Katherine Mansfield

Deaf House Agent by Katherine Mansfield

That deaf old manWith his hand to his ear--His hand to hi head stood out like a shell,Horny and hollow. He said, "I can't hear,"He muttered, "Don't shout,I can hear very well!"He ...

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The Earth-Child In The Grass by Katherine Mansfield

The Earth-Child In The Grass by Katherine Mansfield

In the very early morningLong before Dawn timeI lay down in the paddockAnd listened to the cold song of the grass.Between my fingers the green blades,And the green blades pressed ...

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A Few Rules For Beginners by Katherine Mansfield

A Few Rules For Beginners by Katherine Mansfield

Babies must not eat the coalAnd they must not make grimaces,Nor in party dresses rollAnd must never black their faces.They must learn that pointing's rude,They must sit quite ...

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Evening Song Of The Thoughtful Child by Katherine Mansfield

Evening Song Of The Thoughtful Child by Katherine Mansfield

Shadow children, thin and small,Now the day is left behind,You are dancing on the wall,On the curtains, on the blind.On the ceiling, children, too,Peeping round the nursery ...

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The Man With The Wooden Leg by Katherine Mansfield

The Man With The Wooden Leg by Katherine Mansfield

There was a man lived quite near us;He had a wooden leg and a goldfinch in a green cage.His name was Farkey Anderson,And he'd been in a war to get his leg.We were very sad about ...

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Sorrowing Love by Katherine Mansfield

Sorrowing Love by Katherine Mansfield

And again the flowers are come,And the light shakes,And no tiny voice is dumb,And a bud breaksOn the humble bush and the proud restless tree.Come with me!Look, this little flower ...

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Jangling Memory by Katherine Mansfield

Jangling Memory by Katherine Mansfield

Heavens above! here's an old tie of your--Sea-green dragons stamped on a golden ground.Ha! Ha! Ha! What children we were in those days.Do you love me enough to wear it now?Have ...

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Winter Song by Katherine Mansfield

Winter Song by Katherine Mansfield

Rain and wind, and wind and rain.Will the Summer come again?Rain on houses, on the street,Wetting all the people's feet,Though they run with might and main.Rain and wind, and wind ...

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Now I Am A Plant, A Weed… by Katherine Mansfield

Now I Am A Plant, A Weed… by Katherine Mansfield

Now I am a plant, a weed,Bending and swingingOn a rocky ledge;And now I am a long brown grassFluttering like flame;I am a reed;An old shell singingFor ever the same;A drift of ...

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Very Early Spring by Katherine Mansfield

Very Early Spring by Katherine Mansfield

The fields are snowbound no longer;There are little blue lakes and flags of tenderest green.The snow has been caught up into the sky--So many white clouds--and the blue of the sky ...

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Voices Of The Air by Katherine Mansfield

Voices Of The Air by Katherine Mansfield

But then there comes that moment rareWhen, for no cause that I can find,The little voices of the airSound above all the sea and wind.The sea and wind do then obeyAnd sighing, ...

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A Little Boy’s Dream by Katherine Mansfield

A Little Boy’s Dream by Katherine Mansfield

To and fro, to and froIn my little boat I goSailing far across the seaAll alone, just little me.And the sea is big and strongAnd the journey very long.To and fro, to and froIn my ...

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Stars by Katherine Mansfield

Stars by Katherine Mansfield

Most merciful GodLook kindly uponAn impudent childWho wants sitting on.This evening lateI went to the doorAnd then to the gateThere were more stars--moreThan I could have ...

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Out In The Garden by Katherine Mansfield

Out In The Garden by Katherine Mansfield

Out in the garden,Out in the windy, swinging dark,Under the trees and over the flower-beds,Over the grass and under the hedge border,Someone is sweeping, sweeping,Some old ...

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The Secret by Katherine Mansfield

The Secret by Katherine Mansfield

In the profoundest oceanThere is a rainbow shell,It is always there, shining most stillyUnder the greatest storm wavesThat the old Greek called "ripples of laughter."As you ...

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To God The Father by Katherine Mansfield

To God The Father by Katherine Mansfield

To the little, pitiful God I make my prayer,The God with the long grey beardAnd flowing robe fastened with a hempen girdleWho sits nodding and muttering on the all-too-big throne ...

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A New Hymn by Katherine Mansfield

A New Hymn by Katherine Mansfield

Sing a song of men's pyjamas,Half-past-six has got a pair,And he's wearing them this evening,And he's looking such a dear.Sing a song of frocks with pocketsI have got one, it is ...

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Covering Wings by Katherine Mansfield

Covering Wings by Katherine Mansfield

Love! Love! Your tenderness,Your beautiful, watchful waysGrasp me, fold me, cover me;I lie in a kind of daze,Neither asleep nor yet awake,Neither a bud nor flower.Brings ...

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Song By The Window Before Bed by Katherine Mansfield

Song By The Window Before Bed by Katherine Mansfield

Little Star, little Star,Come down quick.The Moon is a bogey-man;He'll eat you certain if he can.Little Star, little Star,Come down quick!Little Star, little Star,Whisper ...

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Spring Wind In London by Katherine Mansfield

Spring Wind In London by Katherine Mansfield

I Blow across the stagnant world,I blow across the sea,For me, the sailor's flag unfurled,For me, the uprooted tree.My challenge to the world is hurled;The world must bow to me.I ...

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Song Of The Little White Girl by Katherine Mansfield

Song Of The Little White Girl by Katherine Mansfield

Cabbage tree, cabbage tree, what is the matter?Why are you shaking so? Why do you chatter?Because it is just a white baby you see,And it's the black ones you like, cabbage ...

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The Family by Katherine Mansfield

The Family by Katherine Mansfield

Hinemoa, Tui, Maina,All of them were born together;They are quite an extra specialSet of babies--wax and leather.Every day they took an airing;Mummy made them each a bonnet;Two ...

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The Pillar Box by Katherine Mansfield

The Pillar Box by Katherine Mansfield

The pillar box is fat and red,The pillar box is high;It has the flattest sort of headAnd not a nose or eye,But just one open nigger mouthThat grins when I go by.The pillar box is ...

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Opposites by Katherine Mansfield

Opposites by Katherine Mansfield

The Half-Soled-Boots-With-Toecaps-ChildWalked out into the streetAnd splashed in all the pubbles tillShe had such shocking feetThe Patent-Leather-Slipper-ChildStayed quietly in ...

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Sea by Katherine Mansfield

Sea by Katherine Mansfield

The Sea called--I lay on the rocks and said:"I am come."She mocked and showed her teeth,Stretching out her long green arms."Go away!" she thundered."Then tell me what I am to do," ...

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The Black Monkey by Katherine Mansfield

The Black Monkey by Katherine Mansfield

My Babbles has a nasty knackOf keeping monkeys on her back.A great big black one comes and swingsRight on her sash or pinny strings.It is a horrid thing and wildAnd makes her such ...

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Waves by Katherine Mansfield

Waves by Katherine Mansfield

I saw a tiny GodSittingUnder a bright blue umbrellaThat had white tasselsAnd forked ribs of gold.Below him His little worldLay open to the sun.The shadow of His hatLay upon a ...

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When I Was A Bird by Katherine Mansfield

When I Was A Bird by Katherine Mansfield

I climbed up the karaka treeInto a nest all made of leavesBut soft as feathers.I made up a song that went on singing all by itselfAnd hadn't any words, but got sad at the ...

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Secret Flowers by Katherine Mansfield

Secret Flowers by Katherine Mansfield

Is love a light for me? A steady light,A lamp within whose pallid pool I dreamOver old love-books? Or is it a gleam,A lantern coming towards me from afarDown a dark mountain? Is ...

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The Opal Dream Cave by Katherine Mansfield

The Opal Dream Cave by Katherine Mansfield

In an opal dream cave I found a fairy:Her wings were frailer than flower petals,Frailer far than snowflakes.She was not frightened, but poised on my finger,Then delicately walked ...

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