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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
634. Man’s Pillow
 
By Irving Browne
 
 
A BABY lying on his mother’s breast
    Draws life from that sweet fount;
        He takes his rest
        And heaves deep sighs;
        With brooding eyes        5
        Of soft content
She shelters him within that fragrant nest,
    And scarce refrains from crushing him
        With tender violence,
    His rosebud mouth, each rosy limb        10
        Excite such joy intense;
    Rocked on that gentle billow,
        She sings into his ear
    A song that angels stoop to hear.
    Blest child and mother doubly blest!        15
        Such his first pillow.
 
A man outwearied with the world’s mad race
    His mother seeks again;
        His furrowed face,
        His tired gray head,        20
        His heart of lead
        Resigned he yields;
She covers him in some secluded place,
    And kindly heals the earthy scar
      Of spade with snow and flowers,        25
    While glow of sun and gleam of star,
      And murmuring rush of showers,
    And wind-obeying willow
      Attend his unbroken sleep;
    In this repose secure and deep,        30
Forgotten save by One, he leaves no trace.
    Such his last pillow.
 

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