Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. I. Of Home: of Friendship
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: II. For Children
No Baby in the House
Clara G. Dolliver
NO baby in the house, I know,
  ’T is far too nice and clean.
No toys, by careless fingers strewn,
  Upon the floors are seen.
No finger-marks are on the panes,        5
  No scratches on the chairs;
No wooden men set up in rows,
  Or marshalled off in pairs;
No little stockings to be darned,
  All ragged at the toes;        10
No pile of mending to be done,
  Made up of baby-clothes;
No little troubles to be soothed;
  No little hands to fold;
No grimy fingers to be washed;        15
  No stories to be told;
No tender kisses to be given;
  No nicknames, “Dove” and “Mouse;”
No merry frolics after tea,—
  No baby in the house!        20

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