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a Little Book

OF

WESTERN VERSE

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THE NEW YORK

PUBLIC LIBRARY

457613
ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIUS

1940

Copyright, 1889
BY EUGENR FIELD

University Press:
JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE

TO

MARY FIELD FRENCH.

A dying mother

gave

to

you
Her child a many years ago ;
How in your gracious love he grew,

You know, dear, patient heart, you know.

The mother's child you fostered then

Salutes you now and bids you take
These little children of his pen

And love them for the author's sake.

To you I dedicate this book,

And, as you read it line by line,
Upon its faults as kindly look

As you have always looked on mine.

Tardy the offering is and weak;

Yet were I happy if I knew
These children had the power to speak
My love and gratitude to you.

E. F.

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