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'''Once upon a time''' is a poem written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] and published in [[1965]] within ''[[Winter's Tales for Children 1]]'' on pages 44-45.
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'''Once upon a Time''' is a poem consisting of three stanzas, written by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]. The poem tells a story about [[Goldberry]], [[Tom Bombadil]], and the [[lintips]].<ref>{{CG|RG}}, p. 689</ref>
  
==Poem==
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It was first published in October [[1965]] within ''[[Winter's Tales for Children 1]]'' (pp. 44-5). In [[1969]] it was published in the collection ''[[The Young Magicians]]'' (p. 255-6).
<poem>
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Once upon a day on the fields of May
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there was snow in summer where the blossom lay;
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the buttercups tall sent up their light
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in a stream of gold, and wide and white
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there opened in the green grass-sides
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the earth-stars with their steady eyes
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watching the Son climb up and down.
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Goldberry was there with a wild-rose crown,
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Goldberry was there in a lady-smock
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blowing away a dandelion clock,
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stooping over a lily-pool
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and twiddling the water green and cool
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to see it sparkle round her hand:
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once upon a time in elvish land.
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Once upon a night in the cockshut light
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the grass was grey but the dew was white;
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shadows were dark, and the Sun was gone,
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the earth-stars shut, but the high stars shone,
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one to another winking their eyes
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as they waited for the Moon to rise.
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Up he came, and on leaf and grass
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his white beams turned to twinkling glass,
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and silver dripped from stem and stalk
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down to where the lintips walk
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through the grass-forests gathering dew.
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Tom was there without boot or shoe,
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with moonshine wetting his big, brown toes:
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once upon a time, the story goes.
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Once upon a moon on the brink of June
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a-dewing the lintips went too soon.
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Tom stopped and listened, and down he knelt:
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'Ha! little lads! So it was you I smelt?
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What a mousy smell! Well, the dew is sweet,
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so drink it up, but mind my feet!'
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The lintips laughed and stole away,
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but old Tom said: 'I wish they'd stay!
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The only things that won't talk to me,
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say what they do or what they be.
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I wonder what they have got to hide?
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Down from the Moon maybe they slide,
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or come in star-winks, I don't know:
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Once upon a time and long ago.
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</poem>
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[Index:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien|Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
 
* [[Index:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien|Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
 
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{{References}}
 
[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
 
[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]

Revision as of 10:39, 26 February 2012

Once upon a Time is a poem consisting of three stanzas, written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The poem tells a story about Goldberry, Tom Bombadil, and the lintips.[1]

It was first published in October 1965 within Winter's Tales for Children 1 (pp. 44-5). In 1969 it was published in the collection The Young Magicians (p. 255-6).

See also

References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, p. 689