Lewis Carroll

Matilda Jane (Bessie's Song to Her Doll)

“Matilda Jane, you never look 
At any toy or picture-book: 
I show you pretty things in vain – 
You must be blind, Matilda Jane! 

“I ask you riddles, tell you tales, 
But all our conversation fails: 
You never answer me again – 
I fear you’re dumb, Matilda Jane! 

“Matilda, darling, when I call, 
You never seem to hear at all: 
I shout with all my might and main – 
But you’re so deaf, Matilda Jane! 

“Matilda Jane, you needn’t mind: 
For, though you’re deaf, and dumb, and blind, 
There’s some one loves you, it is plain – 
And that is me, Matilda Jane!”

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