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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: I. About Children
Seven Times Four
Jean Ingelow (1820–1897)

HEIGH-HO! daisies and buttercups,
  Fair yellow daffodils, stately and tall!
When the wind wakes, how they rock in the grasses,
  And dance with the cuckoo-buds slender and small!
Here ’s two bonny boys, and here ’s mother’s own lasses,        5
        Eager to gather them all.
Heigh-ho! daisies and buttercups!
  Mother shall thread them a daisy chain;
Sing them a song of the pretty hedge-sparrow,
  That loved her brown little ones, loved them full fain;        10
Sing, “Heart, thou art wide, though the house be but narrow,”—
        Sing once, and sing it again.
Heigh-ho! daisies and buttercups,
  Sweet wagging cowslips, they bend and they bow;
A ship sails afar over warm ocean waters,        15
  And haply one musing doth stand at her prow.
O bonny brown sons, and O sweet little daughters,
  Maybe he thinks on you now!
Heigh-ho! daisies and buttercups,
  Fair yellow daffodils, stately and tall—        20
A sunshiny world full of laughter and leisure,
  And fresh hearts unconscious of sorrow and thrall!
Send down on their pleasure smiles passing its measure,
        God that is over us all!

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