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English Poetry. Christopher Morley. A Charm. Кристофер Морли.

Christopher Morley (Кристофер Морли)

A Charm

               For Our New Fireplace,
               To Stop Its Smoking

O wood, burn bright; O flame, be quick;
O smoke, draw cleanly up the flue—
My lady chose your every brick
And sets her dearest hopes on you!

Logs cannot burn, nor tea be sweet,
Nor white bread turn to crispy toast,
Until the charm be made complete
By love, to lay the sooty ghost.

And then, dear books, dear waiting chairs,
Dear china and mahogany,
Draw close, for on the happy stairs
My brown-eyed girl comes down for tea! 

Christopher Morley’s other poems:

  1. Reading Aloud
  2. The Old Swimmer
  3. Two O’Clock
  4. Secret Laughter
  5. The Milkman

Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Rudyard Kipling (Редьярд Киплинг) A Charm (“Take of English earth as much”)

    To the dedicated English version of this website

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