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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Bed-time
By Robert Francis St. Clair-Erskine, Earl of Rosslyn (1833–1890)
 
’TIS bedtime; say your hymn, and bid ‘Good-night,
God bless Mamma, Papa, and dear ones all,’
Your half-shut eyes beneath your eyelids fall,
Another minute you will shut them quite.
Yes, I will carry you, put out the light,        5
And tuck you up, although you are so tall!
What will you give me, Sleepy One, and call
My wages, if I settle you all right?
I laid her golden curls upon my arm,
I drew her little feet within my hand,        10
Her rosy palms were joined in trustful bliss,
Her heart next mine beat gently, soft and warm;
She nestled to me, and, by Love’s command,
Paid me my precious wages—‘Baby’s kiss.’
 
 
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