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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857–1940)

The Woodside Way

I WANDERED down the woodside way,

Where branching doors ope with the breeze,

And saw a little child at play

Among the strong and lovely trees:

The dead leaves rustled to her knees;

Her hair and eyes were brown as they.

“O little child,” I softly said,

“You come a long, long way to me;

The trees that tower overhead

Are here in sweet reality,

But you’re the child I used to be,

And all the leaves of May you tread.”