By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
IT was long, long ago that a soul like a flower
Unfolded, and blossomed, and passed in an hour.
It was long, long ago ; and the memory seems
Like the pleasures and sorrows that come in our dreams.
The kind years have crowned me with many a joy
Since the going away of my wee little boy ;
Each one as it passed me has stooped with a kiss,
And left some delight--knowing one thing I miss.
But when in the park or the street, all elate
A baby I see, in his carriage of state,
As proud as a king, in his little go-cart--
I feel all the mother-love stir in my heart !
And I seem to be back in that long-vanished May ;
And the baby who came but to hurry away
In the little white hearse is not dead, but alive,
And out in his little go-cart for a drive.
I whisper a prayer as he rides down the street,
And my thoughts follow after him, tender and sweet ;
For I know, by a law that is vast and divine,
Though I know not his name that the baby is mine !\
Good Housekeeping Magazine 59 (Nov. 1919): 546-547.
Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.
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