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The Lamplighter

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky. 

It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by; 

For every night at teatime and before you take your seat, 

With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street. 

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea, 

And my papa's a banker and as rich as he can be; 

But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I'm to do, 

O Leerie, I'll go round at night and light the lamps with you! 

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door, 

And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more; 

And oh! before you hurry by with ladder and with light; 

O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!

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