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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
The Playmate Hours
By Mary Potter Thacher Higginson (1844–1941)
 
DAWN lingers silent in the shade of night,
  Till on the gloaming Baby’s laughter rings.
  Then smiling Day awakes, and open flings
  Her golden doors, to speed the shining flight
Of restless hours, gay children of the light.        5
  Each eager playfellow to Baby brings
  Some separate gift,—a flitting bird that sings
  With her; a waving branch of berries bright;
A heap of rustling leaves; each trifle cheers
  This joyous little life but just begun.        10
  No weary hour to her brings sighs or tears;
And when the shadows warn the loitering sun,
  With blossoms in her hand, untouched by fears,
  She softly falls asleep, and day is done.
 
 
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