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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
495. The Babie
 
By Jeremiah Eames Rankin
 
 
NAE shoon to hide her tiny taes,
  Nae stockin’ on her feet;
Her supple ankles white as snaw,
  Or early blossoms sweet.
 
Her simple dress o’ sprinkled pink,        5
  Her double, dimplit chin,
Her puckered lips, and baumy mou’,
  With na ane tooth within.
 
Her een sae like her mither’s een,
  Twa gentle, liquid things;        10
Her face is like an angel’s face:
  We ’re glad she has nae wings.
 
She is the buddin’ of our luve,
  A giftie God gied us:
We maun na luve the gift owre weel;        15
  ’T wad be nae blessin’ thus.
 
We still maun lo’e the Giver mair,
  An’ see Him in the given;
An’ sae she ’ll lead us up to Him,
  Our babie straight frae Heaven.        20
 

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