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
William Allingham (1824–1889)
I THOUGHT it was the little bed
  I slept in long ago;
A straight white curtain at the head,
  And two smooth knobs below.
I thought I saw the nursery fire,        5
  And in a chair well-known
My mother sat, and did not tire
  With reading all alone.
If I should make the slightest sound
  To show that I ’m awake,        10
She ’d rise, and lap the blankets round,
  My pillow softly shake;
Kiss me, and turn my face to see
  The shadows on the wall,
And then sing “Rousseau’s Dream” to me,        15
  Till fast asleep I fall.
But this is not my little bed;
  That time is far away:
With strangers now I live instead,
  From dreary day to day.        20

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