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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The Dead Child
George Barlow (b. 1847)
BUT yesterday she played with childish things,
  With toys and painted fruit.
To-day she may be speeding on bright wings
  Beyond the stars! We ask. The stars are mute.
But yesterday her doll was all in all;        5
  She laughed and was content.
To-day she will not answer, if we call:
  She dropped no toys to show the road she went.
But yesterday she smiled and ranged with art
  Her playthings on the bed.        10
To-day and yesterday are leagues apart!
  She will not smile to-day, for she is dead.


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