"'Be good, sweet maid and let who can be clever'"
Charles Kingsley
Public DomainCharles Kingsley

Lewis is quoting from Poem #1191 by Charles Kingsley, which reads,


My fairest child, I have no song to give you;

No lark could pipe to skies so dull and grey:

Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you

For every day.


Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;

Do noble things, not dream them, all day long:

And so make life, death, and that vast for-ever

One grand, sweet song.

Charles Kingsley was an Anglican priest who lived from 1819 to 1875.