The Lamplighter

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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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