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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Mother Wept
 
Joseph Skipsey (b. 1832)
 
 
MOTHER wept, and father sigh’d;
  With delight a-glow
Cried the lad, “To-morrow,” cried,
  “To the pit I go.”
 
Up and down the place he sped,        5
  Greeted old and young,
Far and wide the tidings spread,
  Clapp’d his hands and sung.
 
Came his cronies, some to gaze
  Rapt in wonder; some        10
Free with counsel; some with praise;
  Some with envy dumb.
 
“May he,” many a gossip cried,
  “Be from peril kept;”
Father hid his face and sighed,        15
  Mother turned and wept.
 

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