- In the evening's dusky gloaming as
- the darkness settles down,
- And I lay aside the labor of the day
- at twilight's dawn,
- Then I hear the voice of children,
- trooping in they come to me
- And I take them up to love them,
- place them fondly on my knee.
- Johnny, Madeline and Jamesie, Clyde
- and Irene Rosemary,
- And they fill my heart with gladness,
- all the world is mine you see.
- In their clubs some may take pleas-
- ure, others linger o'er their
- But with children all around me all
- the world is surely mine.
- Yes I know the day is coming when
- no more their childish voice
- Will to me at twilight's gloaming
- come and make my heart rejoice.
- But today I have them near me and
- I bid the world depart
- For they comfort me and cheer me,
- fill the round tower of my heart.
- Can I lose them? Never! Never!
- though some miles may inter-
- They are with me ever! ever! Mem-
- ory is ever green.
- Yes, I've placed a wall around them
- and as long as life shall last
- Time or distance cannot claim them;
- in my heart I hold them fast.
- And I know that in their memory,
- Grandpa Sutton will abide,
- And they'll pause as glancing back-
- ward o'er life's way at eventide;
- And may something I have taught
- them find a lodging in each
- Make each life more rich and noble
- as they tread life's busy mart.
__Nettie Squire Sutton.
A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
July 15, 2003 /
John & Susan Howell /
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