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Poem by William Brighty Rands


I Saw a New World


I SAW a new world in my dream,
Where all the folks alike did seem:
There was no Child, there was no Mother,
There was no Change, there was no Other.

For everything was Same, the Same;
There was no praise, there was no blame;
There was neither Need nor Help for it;
There was nothing fitting or unfit.

Nobody laughd, nobody wept;
None grew weary, so none slept;
There was nobody born, and nobody wed;
This world was a world of the living-dead.

I longd to hear the Time-Clock strike
In the world where people were all alike;
I hated Same, I hated Forever;
I longd to say Neither, or even Never.

I longd to mend, I longd to make;
I longd to give, I longd to take;
I longd for a change, whatever came after,
I longd for crying, I longd for laughter.

At last I heard the Time-Clock boom,
And woke from my dream in my little room;
With a smile on her lips my Mother was nigh,
And I heard the Baby crow and cry.

And I thought to myself, How nice it is
For me to live in a world like this,
Where things can happen, and clocks can strike,
And none of the people are made alike;

Where Love wants this, and Pain wants that,
Where all our hearts want Tit for Tat
In the jumbles we make with our heads and our hands,
In a world that nobody understands,
But with work, and hope, and the right to call
Upon Him who sees it and knows us all! 



                      William Brighty Rands


William Brighty Rands's other poems:
  1. The First Tooth
  2. Dressing the Doll
  3. Topsy-Turvy World
  4. The Dream of a Boy who Lived at Nine-Elms


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