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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: V. The Home
A Picture
Charles Gamage Eastman (1816–1860)
 
THE FARMER sat in his easy-chair,
  Smoking his pipe of clay,
While his hale old wife, with busy care,
  Was clearing the dinner away;
A sweet little girl, with fine blue eyes,        5
On her grandfather’s knee was catching flies.
 
The old man laid his hand on her head,
  With a tear on his wrinkled face;
He thought how often her mother, dead,
  Had sat in the self-same place.        10
As the tear stole down from his half-shut eye,
“Don’t smoke!” said the child; “how it makes you cry!”
 
The house-dog lay stretched out on the floor,
  Where the shade after noon used to steal;
The busy old wife, by the open door,        15
  Was turning the spinning-wheel;
And the old brass clock on the mantel-tree
Had plodded along to almost three.
 
Still the farmer sat in his easy-chair,
  While close to his heaving breast        20
The moistened brow and the cheek so fair
  Of his sweet grandchild were pressed;
His head, bent down, on her soft hair lay:
Fast asleep were they both, that summer day!
 
 
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