March 5th, 2015

Anna Barbauld – Lessons for Children (The Moon)

The Moon says My names is Moon; I shine to give you light when the sun is set.

I am very beautiful and white like silver.

You may look at me always, for I am not so bright as to dazzle your eyes,

and I never scorch you.  I am mild and gentle.

I let even the little glow-worms shine, which are quite dark by day.

The stars shine all round me, but I am larger and brighter than the stars,

and I look like a large pearl amongst a great many small sparkling diamonds.

When you are asleep I shine through your curtains with your gentle beams,

and I say Sleep on, poor little tired boy, I will not disturb you.

Anna Barbauld