The Parents' Review
A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture
Edited by Charlotte Mason.
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
Volume 4, 1893/94, pgs. 160-161
Six little boys in a row,
their dates and their kings;
Some quick, and some-very slow,
Six at their desks every day
or make blots, or spill ink;
This is the small schoolboy's way,
is trying to think.
Six little boys go to play
"lines" are all done;
Proud if their schoolfellows say,
That little chap's won!"
Then when the daylight dies out,
exchanges are made:
Stamps travel quickly about,
Butterflies' merits are weighed.
Business more urgent is done,
small schoolboy's clear mind,
Than did that far-off King John,
Charta he signed.
Six little boys in their beds,
all cobwebs away,
While Night her sweet mantle spreads
till dawns the next day.
Ah! 'tis a world of its own,
School-life, this life of our youth;
There many harvests are sown,
to falsehood or truth.
Dear little boys in their beds !
softly, put out the light;
God bless the six curly heads,
their dreaming tonight!