Poetry of Kansas
 

Shut Your Eyes, Dearies

Shut your eyes, Dearies, I'm coming right soon,
Coming tonight by the light of the moon.
Over the prairies and down through the wood,
Out to your homes where my reindeer once stood,
Yes, to your homes, both in city and town,
At you I'll peep on your pillows of down,
Just a "wee" moment I'll be there tonight___
Shut your eyes, Dearies, oh, shut your eyes tight.
 
Shut your eyes, Dearies, you, Tommy and Joe,
Shut your eyes tight when I come through the
    snow.
Dream of tomorrow's sweet hours with your
    toys,
Dream of tomorrow, oh, lighthearted boys;
Down in your pillows soft let your heads sink,
Thinking of me till too drowsy to wink.
Oh, that each home could but see the sweet sight___
Shut your eyes, Dearies, oh, shut your eyes tight.
 
Shut your eyes, Dearies, sweet Mary and Sue,
Little Blue Eyes, I am thinking of you.
I have some dolls with the sweetest of curls,
Dolls just for you, Dearies, sweet little girls.
I have some beds and some carriages, too,
Made just for dollies, perhaps they' re for you.
I've a big load for my auto tonight___
Shut your eyes, Dearies, oh, shut your eyes tight.
 
Shut your eyes, Dearies, and drift to sweet sleep;
May the sweet fancies of childhood e'er keep
Fresh in your hearts, Dearies, for a whole year,
"Santa Claus" loves you, will visit you here.
Drear is the home where no sweet curly heads
Dream of tomorrow on soft downy beds.
Help then to fill every home with delight,
Where the sweet Dearies will shut their eyes tight.

__Ed Blair.

Sunflower Siftings
Ed Blair
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
Page 86

 
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