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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1135. A Life-Lesson
 
By James Whitcomb Riley
 
 
THERE! little girl, don’t cry!
    They have broken your doll, I know;
      And your tea-set blue,
      And your play-house, too,
    Are things of the long ago;        5
      But childish troubles will soon pass by.—
          There! little girl, don’t cry!
 
There! little girl, don’t cry!
    They have broken your slate, I know;
      And the glad, wild ways        10
      Of your school-girl days
    Are things of the long ago;
      But life and love will soon come by.—
          There! little girl, don’t cry!
 
There! little girl, don’t cry!        15
    They have broken your heart, I know;
      And the rainbow gleams
      Of your youthful dreams
    Are things of the long ago;
      But Heaven holds all for which you sigh.—        20
          There! little girl, don’t cry!
 

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