The child upon her knee,
Saying, Here is a story book
Thy father hath written for thee.
Into regions yet untrod,
And read what is still unread
In the Manuscripts of God.
With Nature, the dear old Nurse,
Who sang to him night and day
The rhymes of the universe.
Now, said Tom, I am ready be off, if its to the worlds end.
Ah! said the fairy, that is a brave, good boy. But you must go farther than the worlds end, if you want to find Mr. Grimes; for he is at the Other-end-of-Nowhere. You must go to Shiny Wall, and through the white gate that never was opened; and then you will come to Peacepool, and Mother Careys Haven, where the good whales go when they die. And there Mother Carey will tell you the way to the Other- end-of-Nowhere, and there you will find Mr. Grimes.
Oh, dear! said Tom. But I do not know my way to Shiny Wall, or where it is at all.
Little boys must take the trouble to find out things for themselves, or they will never grow to be men; so that you must ask all the beasts in the sea and the birds in the air, and if you have been good to them, some of them will tell you the way to Shiny Wall.
Well, said Tom, it will be a long journey, so I had better start at once. Good-bye, Miss Ellie; you know I am getting a big boy, and I must go out and see the world.
I know you must, said Ellie; but you will not forget me, Tom. I shall wait here till you come.
And she shook hands with him, and bade him good-bye. Tom longed very much again to kiss her; but he thought it would not be respectful, considering she was a lady born; so he promised not to forget her: but his little whirl-about of a head was so full of the notion of going out to see the world, that it forgot her in five minutes: however, though his head forgot her, I am glad to say his heart did not.
So he asked all the beasts in the sea, and all the birds in the air, but none of them knew the way to Shiny Wall. For why? He was still too far down south.
Then he met a ship, far larger than he had ever seen - a gallant ocean-steamer, with a long cloud of smoke trailing behind; and he wondered how she went on without sails, and swam up to her to see. A school of dolphins were running races round and round her, going three feet for her one, and Tom asked them the way to Shiny Wall: but they did not know. Then he tried to find out how she moved, and at last he saw her screw, and was so delighted with it that he played under her quarter all day, till he nearly had his nose knocked off by the fans, and thought it time to move. Then he watched the sailors upon deck, and the ladies, with their bonnets and parasols: but none of them could see him, because their eyes were not opened, - as, indeed, most peoples eyes are not.
At last there came out into the quarter-gallery a very pretty lady, in deep black widows weeds, and in her arms a baby. She leaned over the quarter-gallery, and looked back and back toward England far away; and as she looked she sang:
Waft thy silver cloud-webs athwart the summer sea;
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