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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Selected Poems (1900)
V. To a Little Child
By Annie Matheson (1853–1924)
CLEAR eyes of heaven’s chosen hue
  When not a cloud is seen above
To fleck the warm untroubled blue,
  A little laughing face of love;
A boundless energy of life        5
  In dimpled arms and rosy feet;
No breath of care, no touch of strife,
  Has dulled thy glad heart’s rhythmic beat.
So girt about with golden light,
  By shadows still so little vexed,        10
That many a weary anxious wight
  Grows in thy presence less perplexed.
Our smiles come at thy fairy beck,
  Frowns pass away at thy caress;
When thy soft arms are round my neck        15
  I feel God’s wondrous tenderness.

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