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Acrostic

Little maidens, when you look
On this little story-book,
Reading with attentive eye
Its enticing history,
Never think that hours of play
Are your only HOLIDAY,
And that in a HOUSE of joy
Lessons serve but to annoy:
If in any HOUSE you find
Children of a gentle mind,
Each the others pleasing ever—
Each the others vexing never—
Daily work and pastime daily
In their order taking gaily—
Then be very sure that they
Have a life of HOLIDAY.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

About this Poem


Lewis Carroll presented this poem to "the three Misses Liddell" tucked into a copy of Catherine Sinclair's Holiday House for Christmas, 1861. The acrostic spells out their names: Lorina, Alice, and Edith.

 

Author


Lewis Carroll

Renowned Victorian author Lewis Carroll is known for his comic fantasies and humorous, childlike verse. 

Date Published: 1861-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/acrostic-0