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Poem by William Brighty Rands


The Dream of a Boy who Lived at Nine-Elms


Nine grenadiers, with bayonets in their guns;
Nine bakers' baskets, with hot cross buns;
Nine brown elephants standing in a row;
Nine new velocipedes, good ones to go;
Nine knickerbocker suits, with buttons all complete;
Nine pairs of skates with straps for the feet;
Nine clever conjurors eating hot coals;
Nine sturdy mountaineers leaping on their poles;
Nine little drummer-boys beating on their drums;
Nine fat aldermen sitting on their thumbs;
Nine new knockers to our front door;
Nine new neighbours that I never saw before;
Nine times running I dreamt it all plain;
With bread and cheese for supper I could dream it all again!



                      William Brighty Rands


William Brighty Rands's other poems:
  1. The First Tooth
  2. Dressing the Doll
  3. I Saw a New World
  4. Topsy-Turvy World


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