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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Widow’s Mite
By Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821–1895)
 
THE WIDOW had but only one,—
A puny and decrepit son;
      Yet 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 might;—yes! so sustained,
She battled onward, nor complained
      When friends were fewer;
And cheerful at her daily care,        10
A little crutch upon the stair
      Was music to her.
 
I saw her then,—and now I see,
Though cheerful and resigned, still she
      Has sorrowed much:        15
She has—He gave it tenderly—
Much faith; and, carefully laid by,
      A little crutch.
 
 
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