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

George Barlow b. 1847

The Dead Child

BUT yesterday she played with childish things,

With toys and painted fruit.

To-day she may be speeding on bright wings

Beyond the stars! We ask. The stars are mute.

But yesterday her doll was all in all;

She laughed and was content.

To-day she will not answer, if we call:

She dropped no toys to show the road she went.

But yesterday she smiled and ranged with art

Her playthings on the bed.

To-day and yesterday are leagues apart!

She will not smile to-day, for she is dead.