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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1138. Bereaved
 
By James Whitcomb Riley
 
 
LET me come in where you sit weeping,—ay,
Let me, who have not any child to die,
Weep with you for the little one whose love
        I have known nothing of.
 
The little arms that slowly, slowly loosed        5
Their pressure round your neck; the hands you used
To kiss.—Such arms—such hands I never knew.
        May I not weep with you?
 
Fain would I be of service—say some thing,
Between the tears, that would be comforting,—        10
But ah! so sadder than yourselves am I,
        Who have no child to die.
 

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