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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Ghost-Bereft (1901)
IV. Outside the Toy Shop
By Jane Barlow (1857–1917)
 
BESIDE the door they stand, anear the pane
Tricked with toy-wares. It is a dapple-grey
In smooth round wafers dight, and lifts alway
One prancing foot from grass-green board upta’en.
An urchin he, oft met down alley and lane,        5
Half lost in his wide old rags; agrin to-day,
Because he still with fearful joy dares lay
A stroking finger on that furry mane.
 
He tastes his perilous pleasure like a bird
Of quick small feet and wary eye, that comes        10
To peck strewn fragments, flown at breath scarce heard.
You smile among the hedgerows. In the slums
You think: When flits this child-glee lightly stirred,
Shall manhood’s craving miss even these poor crumbs?
 
 
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