The poem is titled "In Country Sleep":
Never and never, my girl riding far and near
In the land of the hearthstone tales, and spelled asleep,
Fear or believe that the wolf in a sleepwhite hood
Loping and bleating roughly and blithely shall leap,
My dear, my dear
Out of a lair in the flocked leaves in the dew dipped year
To eat your heart in the house in the rosy wood.
Sleep, good, for ever, slow and deep, spelled rare and wise,
My girl ranging the night in the rose and shire
Of the hobnail tales: no gooseherd or swine will turn
Into a homestall king or hamlet of fire
And prince of ice
To court the honeyed heart from your side before sunrise
In a spinney of ringed boys and ganders, spike and burn,
Nor the innocent lie in the rooting dingle wooed
And staved, and riven among plumes my rider weep.
From the broomed witch’s spume you are shielded by fern
And flower of country sleep and the greenwood keep.
Lie fast and soothed,
Safe be and smooth from the bellows of the rushy brood
Dylan Thomas was a Welsh poet who was as well known for his reading voice as his poetry. Born in the early 1900s, Thomas wrote not only poetry but short stories and scripts. His poems were known for their musicality, and "In Country Sleep" is one of his best known.
The quote continues: "A Primus is a little camping-stove that you fill with paraffin and you light it at the top and then you pump it to get pressure for the flame."
A primus stove is a portable cooking stove which is meant to be light and easy to move (great for camping, picnicking, and catering). Primus stoves were one of the first models of portable stove. They were typically made of brass. Original models allowed you to control the level of the flame with a pump, while later versions have a separate valve.
Reading is a large town in Berkshire, in the south east of England.
A teacher's training college offers the classes needed to attain a degree in teaching.