C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Fragile beginnings of a mighty end.
A babe is a mothers anchor.
A link between angels and men.
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
Of all the joys that brighten suffering earth, what joy is welcomed like a new-born child?
As living jewels dropped unstained from heaven.
A tight little bundle of wailing and flannel, Perplexd with the newly found fardel of life.
A sweet new blossom of humanity, fresh fallen from Gods own home to flower on earth.
Bent oer her babe, her eye dissolved in dew; The big drops, mingling with the milk he drew.
The little babe up in his arms he bent, who with sweet pleasure and bold blandishment gan smile.
Sweet babe, in thy face
Soft desires I can trace,
Secret joys and secret smiles, Little pretty infant wiles.
Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber,
Holy angels guard thy bed!
Heavenly blessings without number Gently falling on thy head.
But what am I?
An infant crying in the night:
An infant crying for the light: And with no language but a cry.
A babe in a house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting-place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.
The coarsest father gains a new impulse to labor from the moment of his babys birth; he scarcely sees it when awake, and yet it is with him all the time. Every stroke he strikes is for his child. New social aims, new moral motives, come vaguely up to him.
T. W. Higginson.
Sweet sleep, with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown!
Sweet sleep, angel mild, Hover oer my happy child.
It is curious to see how a self-willed, haughty girl, who sets her father and mother and all at defiance, and cant be managed by anybody, at once finds her master in a baby. Her sisters child will strike the rock and set all her affections flowing.
Good Christian people, here lies for you an inestimable loan;take all heed thereof, in all carefulness employ it:with high recompense, or else with heavy penalty will it one day be required back.
When you fold your hands, Baby Louise!
Your hands like a fairys, so tiny and fair,
With a pretty, innocent, saintlike air,
Are you trying to think of some angel-taught prayer You learned above, Baby Louise?
Beat upon mine, little heart! beat, beat!
Beat upon mine! you are mine, my sweet!
All mine from your pretty blue eyes to your feet, My sweet!
Suck, baby! suck! mothers love grows by giving:
Drain the sweet founts that only thrive by wasting!
Black manhood comes when riotous guilty living Hands thee the cup that shall be death in tasting.
Welcome to the parents the puny struggler, strong in his weakness, his little arms more irresistible than the soldiers, his lips touched with persuasion which Chatham and Pericles in manhood had not. His unaffected lamentations when he lifts up his voice on high, or, more beautiful, the sobbing childthe face all liquid grief, as he tries to swallow his vexation,soften all hearts to pity, and to mirthful and clamorous compassion.
Her beads while she numbered,
The baby still slumbered,
And smiled in her face, as she bended her knee;
Oh! blessd be that warning,
My child, thy sleep adorning, For I know that the angels are whispering with thee.
O child! O new-born denizen
Of lifes great city! on thy head
The glory of the morn is shed,
Like a celestial benison!
Here at the portal thou dost stand,
And with thy little hand
Thou openest the mysterious gate Into the futures undiscovered land.
How lovely he appears! his little cheeks
In their pure incarnation, vying with
The rose leaves strewn beneath them.
And his lips, too,
How beautifully parted! No; you shall not
Kiss him; at least not now; he will wake soon His hour of midday rest is nearly over.
What is the little one thinking about?
Very wonderful things, no doubt;
Yet he laughs and cries, and eats and drinks,
And chuckles and crows, and nods and winks,
As if his head were as full of kinks And curious riddles as any sphinx!
J. G. Holland.
Look! how he laughs and stretches out his arms,
And opens wide his blue eyes upon thine,
To hail his father; while his little form
Flutters as winged with joy. Talk not of pain!
The childless cherubs well might envy thee The pleasures of a parent.
He smiles and sleeps!sleep on
And smile, thou little, young inheritor
Of a world scarce less young: sleep on and smile!
Thine are the hours and days when both are cheering And innocent!
29 It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life. Happy the boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.