Song - The Dolly's Mother

A poem by James Whitcomb Riley


A little maid, of summers four -
Did you compute her years, -
And yet how infinitely more
To me her age appears:

I mark the sweet child's serious air,
At her unplayful play, -
The tiny doll she mothers there
And lulls to sleep away,

Grows - 'neath the grave similitude -
An infant real, to me,
And she a saint of motherhood
In hale maturity.

So, pausing in my lonely round,
And all unseen of her,
I stand uncovered - her profound
And abject worshipper.

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