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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: II. For Children
Thread and Song
John Williamson Palmer (1825–1906)
SWEETER and sweeter,
        Soft and low,
Neat little nymph,
        Thy numbers flow,
Urging thy thimble,        5
Thrift’s tidy symbol,
Busy and nimble,
        To and fro;
Prettily plying
        Thread and song,        10
Keeping them flying
        Late and long.
Through the stitch linger,
Kissing thy finger,
        Quick,—as it skips along.        15
Many an echo,
        Soft and low,
Follows thy flying
        Fancy so,—
Melodies thrilling,        20
Tenderly filling
Thee with their trilling,
        Come and go;
Memory’s finger,
        Quick as thine,        25
Loving to linger
        On the line,
Writes of another,
  Dearer than brother:
        Would that the name were mine!        30

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