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by the shores of the zuider zee

Once upon a time in a queer little town, by the shores of the Zuider Zee
Alone on the night before Christmas
a strange thing happened to me

When suddenly one of the sparks began
to flicker, and glimmer and blink
like a big bright eye
till I hardly knew
what to do, or to say, or to think

(learned this from my grama, born in 1888, it is all I can remember, and a lot is missing.
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Submitted on January 29, 2021

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 373
Words 78
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 3, 5, 1


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  • jbs1950
    I took learned the poem, By the Shores of the Zuider Zee from my grandmother as a child. And, I cannot find the poem. And can only remember a few words of it.
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