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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1137. The Way the Baby Slept
 
By James Whitcomb Riley
 
 
THIS is the way the baby slept:
  A mist of tresses backward thrown
By quavering sighs where kisses crept
  With yearnings she had never known:
The little hands were closely kept        5
  About a lily newly blown—
And God was with her. And we wept.—
And this is the way the baby slept.
 

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