The Children's Hour
By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The Children's Hour" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (read by Tom O'Bedlam)
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.
Children are pent up in school all day or other obligations and by the time they get home, they are a ball of energy waiting to go. There's a time in late afternoon that all children get their time to be free.
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!
The narrator is obviously not a child and is being underestimated by a child who has gotten them to play along with their game. The fact that a child got the narrator to play along shows that not only children can play, but that everyone gets that hour.