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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Eugene Field. 1850–1895
 
230. Grandma's Prayer
 
I PRAY that, risen from the dead, 
  I may in glory stand— 
A crown, perhaps, upon my head, 
  But a needle in my hand. 
  
I 've never learned to sing or play,         5
  So let no harp be mine; 
From birth unto my dying day, 
  Plain sewing 's been my line. 
  
Therefore, accustomed to the end 
  To plying useful stitches,  10
I 'll be content if asked to mend 
  The little angels' breeches. 
 
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