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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Western States: Prairies, The
Lost on the Prairie
Rose Terry Cooke (1827–1892)
 
OH, my baby, my child, my darling!
  Lost and gone in the prairie wild;
Mad gray wolves from the forest snarling,
  Snarling for thee, my little child!
 
Lost, lost! gone forever!        5
  Gay snakes rattled and charmed and sung;
On thy head the sun’s fierce fever,
  Dews of death on thy white lip hung!
 
Dead and pale in the moonlight’s glory,
  Cold and dead by the black oak-tree;        10
Only a small shoe, stained and gory,
  Blood-red, tattered,—comes home to me.
 
Over the grass that rolls, like ocean,
  On and on to the blue, bent sky,
Something comes with a hurried motion,        15
  Something calls with a choking cry,—
 
“Here, here! not dead, but living!”
  God! Thy goodness—what can I pray?
Blessed more in this second giving,
  Laid in happier arms to-day.        20
 
Oh, my baby, my child, my darling!
  Wolf and snake and the lonely tree
Still are rustling, hissing, snarling;
  Here ’s my baby come back to me!
 
 
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