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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
The Little Shoes
By Charles Sangster (1822–1893)
HER little shoes! we sit and muse
  Upon the dainty feet that wore them;
By day and night our souls’ delight
  Is just to dream and ponder o’er them.
We hear them patter on the floor,        5
  In either hand a toy or rattle;
And what speaks to our hearts the more—
  Her first sweet words of infant prattle.
I see the face so fair, and trace
  The dark-blue eye that flashed so clearly;        10
The rose-bud lips, the finger-tips
  She learned to kiss—oh, far too dearly
The pearly hands turned up to mine,
  The tiny arms my neck caressing;
Her smile, that made our life divine,        15
  Her silvery laugh—her kiss, a blessing.
Her winning ways, that made the days
  Elysian in their grace so tender,
Through which Love’s child our souls beguiled
  For seeming ages starred with splendour:        20
No wonder that the angel-heirs
  Did win our darling life’s-joy from us,
For she was theirs—not all our prayers
  Could keep her from the Land of Promise.

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