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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
A Child’s a Plaything for an Hour
By Mary Lamb (1764–1847)
A CHILD’S a plaything for an hour;
  Its pretty tricks we try
For that or for a longer space—
  Then tire, and lay it by.
But I knew one that to itself        5
  All seasons could control;
That would have mock’d the sense of pain
  Out of a grievèd soul.
Thou straggler into loving arms,
  Young climber-up of knees,        10
When I forget thy thousand ways
  Then life and all shall cease.

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