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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
May 23
I Remember, I Remember
By Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
          Thomas Hood was born on May 23, 1798.

I REMEMBER, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon,        5
Nor brought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away!
 
I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,        10
The violets, and the lily-cups—
Those flowers made of light!
 
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birth-day,—        15
The tree is living yet!
 
I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;        20
My spirit flew in feathers then,
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow!
 
I remember, I remember        25
The fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky.
It was a childish ignorance,
But now ’tis little joy.        30
To know I’m farther off from heaven
Than when I was a boy.
 
 
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