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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
Parental Recollections
By Charles Lamb (1775–1834)
[From Poetry for Children, by Charles and Mary Lamb]

A CHILD ’S a plaything for an hour;
  Its pretty tricks we try
For that or for a longer space;
  Then tire, and lay it by.
But I knew one that to itself        5
  All seasons could control;
That would have mocked the sense of pain
  Out of a grieved soul.
Thou straggler into loving arms,
  Young climber up of knees,        10
When I forget thy thousand ways
  Then life and all shall cease.

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