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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1020. To a Hurt Child
By Grace Denio Litchfield
WHAT, are you hurt, Sweet? So am I;
    Cut to the heart;
Though I may neither moan nor cry,
    To ease the smart.
Where was it, Love? Just here! So wide        5
    Upon your cheek!
Oh happy pain that needs no pride,
    And may dare speak.
Lay here your pretty head. One touch
    Will heal its worst,        10
While I, whose wound bleeds overmuch,
    Go all unnursed.
There, Sweet. Run back now to your play,
    Forget your woes.
I too was sorely hurt this day,—        15
    But no one knows.


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