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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Her First-Born
Charles Tennyson Turner (1808–79)
IT was her first sweet child, her heart’s delight:
And, though we all foresaw his early doom,
We kept the fearful secret out of sight;
We saw the canker, but she kiss’d the bloom.
And yet it might not be: we could not brook        5
To vex her happy heart with vague alarms,
To blanch with fear her fond intrepid look,
Or send a thrill through those encircling arms.
She smil’d upon him, waking or at rest:
She could not dream her little child would die:        10
She toss’d him fondly with an upward eye:
She seem’d as buoyant as a summer spray,
That dances with a blossom on its breast,
Nor knows how soon it will be borne away.


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