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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
When the Baby Died
By A. J. Waterhouse
WHEN the baby died, so fair was she—
Like a lily an angel had dropped for me—
That I said to myself: “She is only asleep,”
And I wondered that others would over her weep:
And I stooped and kissed her, half dreaming she        5
Would open her blue eyes unto me,
And laugh again as on yesterday,
And dimple and croon in the dear old way—
          When the baby died.
When the baby died I could not weep,        10
And I said: “She is only asleep—asleep
She will wake ere long and I shall hear
The prattle I love beat on my ear.”
And I smoothed all gently the golden hair,
And I would not believe she was otherwhere        15
As I cried, “My darling, look up and see!”
But only the night wind answered me—
          When the baby died.
When the baby died—sometimes I start
From a dream at night with a longing heart,        20
For I fancy I hear through the silence wide
A prattle of words from the babe that died.
Then my hands fell down, though empty they be,
For I know that my darling has gone from me,
And the night creeps into a somber day,        25
While my heart cries out: “Come back, I pray”—
          Since the baby died.

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