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Poem by Christopher Morley

A Charm

               For Our New Fireplace,
               To Stop Its Smoking

O wood, burn bright; O flame, be quick;
O smoke, draw cleanly up the flueЧ
My lady chose your every brick
And sets her dearest hopes on you!

Logs cannot burn, nor tea be sweet,
Nor white bread turn to crispy toast,
Until the charm be made complete
By love, to lay the sooty ghost.

And then, dear books, dear waiting chairs,
Dear china and mahogany,
Draw close, for on the happy stairs
My brown-eyed girl comes down for tea! 

Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley's other poems:
  1. Animal Crackers
  2. O Praise Me Not the Country
  3. The Wakeful Husband
  4. Full Moon
  5. Bayberry Candles

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Rudyard Kipling A Charm ("Take of English earth as much")

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