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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: I. About Children
Boyhood
Washington Allston (1779–1843)
 
AH, then how sweetly closed those crowded days!
The minutes parting one by one, like rays
  That fade upon a summer’s eve.
But O, what charm or magic numbers
Can give me back the gentle slumbers        5
  Those weary, happy days did leave?
When by my bed I saw my mother kneel,
  And with her blessing took her nightly kiss;
  Whatever time destroys, he cannot this;—
E’en now that nameless kiss I feel.        10
 
 
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