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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Cradle
 
Austin Dobson (1840–1921)
 
 
HOW steadfastly she worked at it!
  How lovingly had drest
With all her would-be-mother’s wit
  That little rosy nest!
 
How longingly she ’d hung on it!—        5
  It sometimes seemed, she said,
There lay beneath its coverlet
  A little sleeping head.
 
He came at last, the tiny guest,
  Ere bleak December fled;        10
That rosy nest he never prest…
  Her coffin was his bed.
 

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