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Eleanor Farjeon (Элинор Фарджон)


White Horses


Count the white horses you meet on the way,
Count the white horses, child day after day,
Keep a wish ready for wishing - if you
Wish on the ninth horse, your wish will come true.

I saw a white horse at the end of the lane,
I saw a white horse canter down by the shore,
I saw a white horse that was drawing a wain,
And one drinking out of a trough: that made four.

I saw a white horse gallop over the down,
I saw a white horse looking over a gate,
I saw a white horse on the way into town,
And one on the way coming back: that made eight.

But oh for the ninth one: where he tossed his mane,
And cantered and galloped and whinnied and swished
His silky white tail, I went looking in vain,
And the wish I had ready could never be wished.

Count the white horses you meet on the way,
Count the white horses, child, day after day,
Keep a wish ready for wishing - if you
Wish on the ninth horse, your wish will come true. 



Eleanor Farjeon's other poems:
  1. Sonnets. 8. Wilt thou put seals on love because men say
  2. Sonnets. 14. Now I have love again and life again
  3. Three Miles to Penn
  4. Sonnets. 4. Wilt thou put seals on love because men say
  5. Sonnets. 18. Shall we not laugh together, you and I


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