Skipping lightly on the green,
Weaving patterns out and in,
Children taking hands are seen
Under summer skies.
In the sunshine colours gay
Clothe the scene in bright array,
Making this a holiday
For the country-wise.
Ancient airs are heard again,
Haunting in their sweet refrain,
And for ever will remain,
Echoing in the heart.
None so dull of soul and mind
But will rare enchantment find,
Casting anxious cares behind,
From the world apart.
Children light of heel and toe,
Children in a rainbow glow,
Children that in time will grow
May their hearts forever dance
Though the sober years advance,
May their innocence enhance
All that’s true and good.
When the shades of evening fall
And the dark night spreads its pall,
May departure find us all
Ready to begin
Some new measure, when our feet
Will answer to the angels’ beat,
And we dance our Lord to greet,
Pearly gates within !
Weekly Times 7.7.61