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Re: The pitter patter of little feet

Posted by Masakim on August 25, 2003

In Reply to: The pitter patter of little feet posted by Gambrill on August 25, 2003

: Does anyone know where this phrase (the pitter patter of little feet) comes from? Is it part of a quotation or longer phrase?

: Thanks!
: Gambrill
: Houston, TX

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Children's Hour"

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.

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