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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Polly
 
William Brighty Rands (1823–80)
 
 
BROWN eyes,
  Straight nose;
Dirt pies,
  Rumpled clothes;
 
Torn books,        5
  Spoilt toys;
Arch looks,
  Unlike a boy’s;
 
Little rages,
  Obvious arts;        10
(Three her age is,)
  Cakes, tarts;
 
Falling down
  Off chairs;
Breaking crown        15
  Down stairs;
 
Catching flies
  On the pane;
Deep sighs,—
  Cause not plain;        20
 
Bribing you
  With kisses
For a few
  Farthing blisses;
 
Wide awake,        25
  As you hear,
“Mercy’s sake,
  Quiet, dear!”
 
New shoes,
  New frock,        30
Vague views
  Of what’s o’clock,
 
When it ’s time
  To go to bed,
And scorn sublime        35
  For what it said;
 
Folded hands,
  Saying prayers,
Understands
  Not, nor cares;        40
 
Thinks it odd,
  Smiles away;
Yet may God
  Hear her pray!
 
Bedgown white,        45
  Kiss Dolly;
Goodnight!—
  That ’s Polly.
 
Fast asleep,
  As you see;        50
Heaven keep
  My girl for me!
 

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