A few days ago
Little Lulu

Lines rattling around in my head. Can anyone supply the rest?

You are old, Father William, the young man said,

And yet you incessantly stand on your head;

Ghost lake’s a dark lake, a deep lake and old,

Ghost lake’s a dark lake, a deep lake and cold;

………Jerome, Sweetheart, what do you hear?

Jerome, Sweetheart, what do you fear?

“The Little Blue Engine That Couldn’t”

……….at the bottom as Blue Engine hash;

The lines are just in my head and I can’t locate anything that matches them. Please help!

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A few days ago
Miss M ♥

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The Skater of Ghost Lake

By William Rose Benet

Ghost Lake’s a dark lake, a deep lake and cold:

Ice black as ebony, frostily scrolled;

Far in its shadows a faint sound whirs;

Steep stand the sentineled deep, dark firs.

A brisk sound, a swift sound, a ring-tinkle-ring;

Flit-flit,–a shadow with a stoop and a swing,

Flies from the shadow through the crackling cold.

Ghost Lake’s a deep lake, a dark lake and old!

Leaning and leaning with a stride and a stride,

hands locked behind him, scarf blowing wide,

Jeremy Randall skates, skates late,

Star for a candle, moon for a mate.

Black is the clear glass now that he glides,

Crisp is the whisper of long lean strides,

Swift is his swaying–but pricked ears hark.

None comes to Ghost lake late after dark!

Cecily only–yes it is she!

Stealing to Ghost Lake, tree after tree,

Kneeling in snow by the still lake side,

Rising with feet winged, gleaming, to glide.

Dust of the ice swirls. Here is his hand.

Brilliant his eyes burn. Now, as was planned,

Arm across arm twined, laced to his side,

Out on the dark lake lightly they glide.

Dance of the dim moon, a rhythmical reel,

A swaying, a swift tune–skurr of the steel;

Moon for a candle, maid for a mate,

Jeremy Randall skates, skates late.

Black as if lacquered the wide lake lies;

Breath as a frost-fume, eyes seek eyes;

Souls are a sword edge tasting the cold.

Ghost Lake’s a deep lake, a dark lake and old!

Far in the shadows hear faintly begin

Like a string pluck-plucked of a violin,

Muffled in mist on the lake’s far bound,

Swifter and swifter, a low singing sound!

Far in the shadows and faint on the verge

Of blue cloudy moonlight, see it emerge,

Flit-flit,–a phantom, with a stoop and a swing . . .

Ah, it’s a night bird burdened of wing!

Pressed close to Jeremy, laced to his side,

Cecily Culver, dizzy you glide.

Jeremy Randall sweepingly veers

Out on the dark ice far from the piers.

“Jeremy!” “Sweetheart?” “What do you fear?”

“Nothing my darling,–nothing is here!”

“Jeremy!” “Sweetheart?” “What do you flee?”

“Something–I know not; something I see!”

Swayed to a swift stride, brisker of pace,

Leaning and leaning, they race and they race;

Ever that whirring, that crisp sound thin

Like a string pluck-plucked of a violin;

Ever that swifter and low singing sound

Sweeping behind them, winding them round;

Gasp of their breath now that chill flakes fret;

Ice black as ebony–blacker–like jet!

Ice shooting fangs forth–sudden–like spears;

Crackling of lightning–a roar in their ears!

Shadowy, a phantom swerves off its prey . . .

No, it’s a night bird flit-flits away!

Low-winging moth-owl, home to your sleep!

Ghost Lake’s a still lake, a cold lake and deep.

Faint in its shadows a far sound whirs.

Black stand the ranks of its sentineled firs.


A few days ago
The lines about old father William are from Alice in Wonderland, I think. I’ve put a link below to the rest of it …

Sorry I have no idea about the others!

Cheers 🙂


A few days ago
You are old, Father William, the young man said,

And your hair has become very white,

And yet…….. head

do you think at your age that is right?


4 years ago
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A few days ago

You are old Father William – Lewis Carroll


This might be the other one.