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Enchanted Tulips and Other Verses for Children. Keary, M. (Maud).
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A HOUSE OF SWEETS

  • BUILD me a house of fairy ginger‐bread,
  • Covered with candied fruits and sugarplums—
  • Fruits that decay not when November comes—
  • Sparkling and juicy, purple and gold and red.
  • Thatch me the roof with chips of cocoa‐nut,
  • Sugared and white, as are December snows:
  • Around the eaves hang toffee‐drops in rows.
  • With golden‐syrup fill the water‐butt.
  • Then in the flower garden dig deep wells
  • Of cowslip wine and bubbling lemonade;
  • Let the house walls with chocolate be laid,
  • And pave the floors with coloured caramels.
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  • So, I contented there would often spend
  • My happy days, and give to every child
  • Bits of my house, for this, whene’er they smiled,
  • Should of its own self grow again and mend!
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