C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
A child no more! a maiden now
A graceful maiden, with a gentle brow;
A cheek tinged lightly and a dove-like eye; And all hearts bless her as she passes by. 1
I know hes coming by this sign,
That babys almost wild;
See how he laughs and crows and starts
Heaven bless the merry child!
Hes fathers self in face and limb,
And fathers heart is strong in him.
Shout, baby, shout! and clap thy hands, For father on the threshold stands. 2
Roads are wet whereer one wendeth,
And with rain the thistle bendeth,
And the brook cries like a child!
Not a rainbow shines to cheer us;
Ah! the sun comes never near us, And the heavens look dark and wild. 3
Then take me on your knee, mother;
And listen, mother of mine.
A hundred fairies danced last night, And the harpers they were nine. 4
Theres silence in the harvest field;
And blackness in the mountain glen,
And cloud that will not pass away
From the hill-tops for many a day; And stillness round the homes of men. 5
Will you walk into my parlor?
Said a spider to a fly;
Tis the prettiest little parlor That ever you did spy. 6
Yes! in the poor mans garden grow
Far more than herbs and flowers,
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind, And joy for weary hours. 7
God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the raceto enlarge our hearts, to make us unselfish, and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims, and to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion; to bring round our fireside bright faces and happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts. My soul blesses the Great Father every day, that He has gladdened the earth with little children. 8 True delicacy, that most beautiful heart-leaf of humanity, exhibits itself most significantly in little things. 9