Where have the children gone

“How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside …”

(R.L. Stevenson in The Swing)
Balen (B)

The unseen children are playing here

“When children are playing alone on the green,
In comes the playmate that never was seen.
When children are happy and lonely and good,
The Friend of the Children comes out of the wood.

Nobody heard him and nobody saw,
His is a picture you never could draw,
But he’s sure to be present, abroad or at home,
When children are happy and playing alone.”

(R.L. Stevenson in The unseen playmate)
Landgraaf (NL)

Farewell earth, for I’m on the wing!

“Swing, swing,
Sing, sing,
Here’s my throne, and I am a King!
Swing, sing,
Swing, sing,
Farewell earth, for I’m on the wing!
Low, high,
Here I fly,
Like a bird through sunny sky;
Free, free,
Over the lea,
Over the mountain, over the sea!”

(W. Allingham in A swing song)
Landgraaf (NL)

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