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Eleanor Farjeon

  • The night will slip away / Like sorrow or a tune.

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "The Night Will Never Stay," Gypsy and Ginger ()
  • They who go in terror, friend, / Lose the lives they never spend.

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "There Be Those," Songs for Music and Lyrical Poems ()
  • It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can't see.

  • Ecstasy cannot be constant, or it would kill.

  • It seems to me there are no rules, only instances; but perhaps that is because I learned no rules, and am only an instance myself.

  • Alas! why were we born to woe and bliss / If life had no more need of us than this?

  • The folks who their potatoes buy / From sacks before they sup, / Miss half of the potato's joy / And that's to dig it up.

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "Vegetables," Poems for Children ()
  • Once Upon a Time, / Once Upon a Time! / Everything that happened, happened / Once Upon a Time!

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "O Is for Once Upon a Time," The Children's Bells ()
  • Cats sleep / Anywhere, / Any table, / Any chair, / Top of piano, / Window-ledge, / In the middle, / On the edge ...

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "Cats," The Children's Bells ()
  • Morning has broken / Like the first morning, / Blackbird has spoken / Like the first bird.

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)," The Children's Bells ()
  • Mine is the sunlight! / Mine is the morning ...

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)," The Children's Bells ()
  • Raise with elation, / Praise every morning / Spring's re-creation / Of the First Day!

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)," The Children's Bells ()
  • Upon an Easter Morning, / So early in the day, / The bird raised up his whistle / To tune the night away ...

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "Upon an Easter Morning," The Children's Bells ()
  • Upon an Easter Morning, / So early in the day, / The organ in the chancel / Sang both grand and gay ...

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "Upon an Easter Morning," The Children's Bells ()
  • The train stands still / And the world runs by. / Yonder runs a tree / And a cloud in the sky.

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "The Child in the Train," The Children's Bells ()
  • The forest's afire! / The forest's afire! / The maple is burning, / The sycamore's turning / The beech is alight!

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "October's Song," The Children's Bells ()
  • Here's November, / The year's sad daughter ...

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "Enter November," The Children's Bells ()
  • I restore the primal line, / Stark and sturdy, frail and fine, / Of the Dryads in the sun.

    • Eleanor Farjeon,
    • "November's Song," The Children's Bells ()
  • We do not lose our friends when they die, we only lose sight of them ...

  • The events of childhood do not pass but repeat themselves like seasons of the year.

    • Eleanor Farjeon
  • Moon-Come-Out / And Sun-Go-In, / Here's a soft blanket / To cuddle your chin.

    • Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon, English poet, children's writer

(1881 - 1965)