The Children's Hour
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1860)

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. 


From my study I see in the lamplight,

Descending the broad hall stair,

Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,

And Edith with golden hair. 


A whisper, and then a silence:

Yet I know by their merry eyes

They are plotting and planning together

To take me by surprise. 


A sudden rush from the stairway,

A sudden raid from the hall!

By three doors left unguarded

They enter my castle wall! 


They climb up into my turret

O'er the arms and back of my chair;

If I try to escape, they surround me;

They seem to be everywhere. 


They almost devour me with kisses,

Their arms about me entwine,

Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen

In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine! 


Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,

Because you have scaled the wall,

Such an old mustache as I am

Is not a match for you all! 


I have you fast in my fortress,

And will not let you depart,

But put you down into the dungeon

In the round-tower of my heart. 


And there will I keep you forever,

Yes, forever and a day,

Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,

And moulder in dust away!


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WHYS Radio 96.3 Eau Claire, WI

Meg, WHYS DJ and host of the Children’s Hour

Listen to the Children’s Hour on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am CST

Hi, my name is Meg, and I have been hosting the Children’s Hour since the Fall of 2005.  I love children’s music, the kind that is great for a lifetime, long past one’s formal childhood.  Because there is so much good children’s music that is being written and performed, but about which we are usually unaware, I am glad to have WHYS community radio through which to share and explore it.  I hope you enjoy the music as much as I and my family do.   If you have any music or artists that you would like to hear or recommend, or to send comments, please email me at the station.

You can listen to selected shows from WHYS archives by clicking on the date of the show (mp3 format).

Please note that the files are large, so the show may take a minute or two to download.  Also, the recording may begin a bit before the opening curtain melody of The Children’s Hour, so do not be surprised if you hear the end of the preceding show, which is Hispanos en Wisconsin.

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Meg and the Children’s hour would like to thank the UWEC Foodlums, the UWEC Geography Club and others in the Eau Claire community for their support of WHYS community radio.  Any opinions expressed on this web site do not necessarily represent those of the station.