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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The Dead Child
By George Barlow (1847–1914?)
BUT yesterday she played with childish things,
  With toys and painted fruit.
To-day she may be speeding on bright wings
  Beyond the stars! We ask. The stars are mute.
But yesterday her doll was all in all;        5
  She laughed and was content.
To-day she will not answer, if we call:
  She dropp’d no toys to show the road she went.
But yesterday she smiled and ranged with art
  Her playthings on the bed.        10
To-day and yesterday are leagues apart!
  She will not smile to-day, for she is dead.

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