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First Line: There! Little girl; don't cry!
Last Line: There! Little girl, don't cry!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


THERE! little girl, don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
But childish troubles will soon pass by. --
There! little girl, don't cry!
There! little girl, don't cry!
They have broken your slate, I know;
And the glad, wild ways
Of your school-girl days
Are things of the long ago;
But life and love will soon come by. --
There! little girl, don't cry!
There! little girl, don't cry!
They have broken your heart, I know;
And the rainbow gleams
Of your youthful dreams
Are things of the long ago;
But heaven holds all for which you
sigh. --
There! little girl, don't cry!




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