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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
V. Death and Bereavement
The Widow’s Mite
Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821–1895)
A WIDOW—she had only one!
A puny and decrepit son;
  But, day and night,
Though fretful oft, and weak and small,
A loving child, he was her all—        5
  The Widow’s Mite.
The Widow’s Mite—ay, so sustained,
She battled onward, nor complained,
  Though friends were fewer:
And while she toiled for daily fare,        10
A little crutch upon the stair
  Was music to her.
I saw her then,—and now I see
That, though resigned and cheerful, she
  Has sorrowed much:        15
She has, He gave it tenderly,
Much faith; and carefully laid by,
  The little crutch.

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