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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
 
The First Step
By Andrew Bice Saxton (1856–1936)
 
[Born in Middlefield, N. Y., 1856. Died near Otsego Lake, N. Y., 1936.]

MY little one begins his feet to try,
  A tottering, feeble, inconsistent way;
  Pleased with the effort, he forgets his play,
And leaves his infant baubles where they lie.
Laughing and proud his mother flutters nigh,        5
  Turning to go, yet joy-compelled to stay,
  And bird-like, singing what her heart would say;
But not so certain of my bliss am I,
For I bethink me of the days in store
  Wherein those feet must traverse realms unknown,        10
And half forget the pathway to our door.
  And I recall that in the seasons flown
  We were his all—as he was all our own—
But never can be quite so any more.

  The Century Magazine. 1884.
 
 
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