Milne’s sixth hour

A. A. Milne
18 Jan 1882 – 31 Jan 1956

 Allen Alexander Milne’s When We Were Very Young, a book of poetry published in 1924 and dedicated to Mr. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, who, according to Mr. Milne, preferred to call himself Billy Moon, contains at its end two pages of evensong called “Vespers.” Whether to the hour of sunset, to the moon, or to the evening star, “Christopher Robin is saying his prayers,” placing his attention on the ordinary things around him for which he is thankful.

Mr. Milne sings his own song of thanks to his Billy Moon on the dedication page of When We Were Very Young: “This book which owes so much to him is now humbly offered.”

 

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