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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Widow’s Mite
 
Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821–95)
 
 
A WIDOW,—she had only one!
A puny and decrepit son;
    But, day and night,
Though fretful oft, and weak and small,
A loving child, he was her all,—        5
    The Widow’s Mite.
 
The Widow’s Mite—ay, so sustain’d,
She battled onward, nor complain’d
    Though friends were fewer:
And while she toil’d for daily fare,        10
A little crutch upon the stair
    Was music to her.
 
I saw her then, and now I see
That, though resign’d and cheerful, she
    Has sorrow’d much:        15
She has,—HE gave it tenderly,—
Much faith, and, carefully laid by,
    A little crutch.
 

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