Poetry of Kansas

When Baby Cries .

'Tis hard to go away from home
      When Baby cries;
To see the drops of pearly grief
      In his dear eyes;
To hear the echo of his voice
      Far down the street,
Sobs choking back the farewell words
      So sad and sweet.
All day the loving sound returns
      To memory's ear;
And now and then I brush away
      Myself a tear.
For troublous thoughts sometimes
      My dark alarm:
"Perchance my darling boy to-day
      Will meet with harm!"
A moment only, then I drive
      The fear away;
Full well I know the angels guard
      Him night and day.
And when at dusk I come again
      His shout of glee
Repays the morning debt of pain
      To him and me.

__Harry Edward Mills.


Select Sunflowers
Harry Edward Mills
(Fort Scott: Sunflower Press. 1901)
Pages 42-43

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