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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
 
My Little Girl
By Samuel Minturn Peck (1854–1938)
 
MY little girl is nested
  Within her tiny bed,
With amber ringlets crested
  Around her dainty head;
She lies so calm and stilly,        5
  She breathes so soft and low,
She calls to mind a lily
  Half-hidden in the snow.
 
A weary little mortal
  Has gone to slumberland;        10
The Pixies at the portal
  Have caught her by the hand;
She dreams her broken dolly
  Will soon be mended there,
That looks so melancholy        15
  Upon the rocking-chair.
 
I kiss your wayward tresses,
  My drowsy little queen;
I know you have caresses
  From floating forms unseen.        20
O, Angels, let me keep her
  To kiss away my cares,
This darling little sleeper,
  Who has my love and prayers!
 
 
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