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Vespers Poem

“Vespers” By A.A. Milne

“Vespers” was the first poem published by A. A. Milne in 1923.Vespers refers to the sunset evening prayer which was popular in most Christian religions in the 1920’s,It is a very appealing and sentimental poem and it centres around the child Christopher Robin offering prayers and thanks to God for his family and his happiness. The  main image shows Christopher Kneeling to pray at bedtime.

 Vespers Poem

 Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

God bless Mummy. I know that’s right.
Wasn’t it fun in the bath to-night?
The cold’s so cold, and the hot’s so hot.
Oh! God bless Daddy – I quite forgot.

If I open my fingers a little bit more,
I can see Nanny’s dressing-gown on the door.
It’s a beautiful blue, but it hasn’t a hood.
Oh! God bless Nanny and make her good.

Mine has a hood, and I lie in bed,
And pull the hood right over my head,
And I shut my eyes, and I curl up small,
And nobody knows that I’m there at all.

Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.
And what was the other I had to say?
I said “Bless Daddy,” so what can it be?
Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

 

 

Image size : 8 inches x 6 inches

   Mount size : 12 x 10 inches

Print taken from the original by E.H.Shepard and A.A.Milne

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