When that special cart arrives,
to nestle safely 'neath the pines;
perhaps Lavengro and I in turns
can guide the ladies to the earth
beat firm and warm by dancing feet.
I used to dance
with a child standing on my feet,
and sometimes on my knees,
and I can be six feet tall again
as may be my call and joy.
While this is going on, in fancy,
some of you may take Nessie aside
and braid her hair with flowers
and teach her how to play a drum
or sing and be herself --
a girl again.