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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
At the Fireside
By John Davis Long (1838–1915)
 
[Born in Buckfield, Me., 1838. Died in Hingham, Mass., 1915.]

AT nightfall by the firelight’s cheer
My little Margaret sits me near,
And begs me tell of things that were
When I was little, just like her.
 
Ah, little lips, you touch the spring        5
Of sweetest sad remembering;
And hearth and heart flash all aglow
With ruddy tints of long ago!
 
I at my father’s fireside sit,
Youngest of all who circle it,        10
And beg him tell me what did he
When he was little, just like me.
 
 
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