Untitled (Girl with a boyish garb for boyish task)

by Lewis Carroll

An acrostic sent to one of his friends, Gertrude Chataway. It also spells her name via the use of certain syllables.

For works with similar titles, see Untitled.

Girt with a boyish garb for a boyish task,
Eager she wields her spade - yet loves as well
Rest on a friendly knee, the tale to ask
That he delights to tell.

Rude spirits of the seething outer strife,
Unmeet to read her pure and simple spright,
Deem, if you wish, such hours a waste of life,
Empty of all delight!

Chat on, sweet maid, and rescue from annoy
Hearts that by wiser talk beguiled!
Ah, happy he who was that tenderest joy,
The heart-love of a child!

Away, fond thoughts, and vex my soul no more!
Work claims my wakeful nights, my busy days;
Albeit bright memories of that sunlit shore
Yet haunt my dreaming gaze!

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.