Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. I. Of Home: of Friendship
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: I. About Children
The Happy Hour
Mary Frances Butts (1890–1937)
THE BUSY day is over,
The household work is done;
The cares that fret the morning
Have faded with the sun;
And in the tender twilight,        5
I sit in happy rest,
With my precious rosy baby
Asleep upon my breast.
White lids with silken fringes
Shut out the waning light;        10
A little hand close folded,
Holds mamma’s fingers tight;
And in their soft white wrappings,
At last in perfect rest,
Two dainty feet are cuddled,        15
Like birdies in a nest.
All hopes and loves unworthy
Fade out at this sweet hour;
All pure and noble longings
Renew their holy power;        20
For Christ, who in the Virgin
Our motherhood has blest,
Is near to every woman
With a baby on her breast.

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