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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Austin Dobson 1840–1921

The Cradle


HOW steadfastly she worked at it!

How lovingly had drest

With all her would-be-mother’s wit

That little rosy nest!

How longingly she ’d hung on it!—

It sometimes seemed, she said,

There lay beneath its coverlet

A little sleeping head.

He came at last, the tiny guest,

Ere bleak December fled;

That rosy nest he never prest…

Her coffin was his bed.