The Child On The Cliffs
Mother, the root of this little yellow flower Among the stones has the taste of quinine. Things are strange to-day on the cliff. The sun shines so bright, And the grasshopper works at his sewing machine So hard. Here's one on my hand, mother, look; I lie so still. There's one on your book. But I have something to tell more strange. So leave Your book to the grasshopper, mother dear, - Like a green knight in a dazzling market-place - And listen now. Can you hear what I hear Far out? Now and then the foam there curls And stretches a white arm out like a girl's. Fishes and gulls ring no bells. There cannot be A chapel or church between here and Devon, With fishes or gulls ringing its bell, - hark! - Somewhere under the sea or up in heaven. 'It's the bell, my son, out in the bay On the buoy. It does sound sweet to-day.' Sweeter I never heard, mother, no, not in all Wales. I should like to be lying under that foam, Dead, but able to hear the sound of the bell, And certain that you would often come And rest, listening happily. I should be happy if that could be.
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