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TO JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: You who to the rounded prime
Last Line: The book of joyous children.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Children; Life; Youth; Childhood


YOU who to the rounded prime
Of a life of toil and stress,
Still have kept the morning-time
Of glad youth in heart and spirit,
So your laugh, as children hear it,
Seems their own, no less, --
Take this book of childish rhyme --
The Book of Joyous Children.

Their first happiness on earth
Here is echoed -- their first glee:
Rich, in sooth, the volume's worth --
Not in classic lore, but rich in
The child-sagas of the kitchen; --
Therefore, take from me
To your heart of childish mirth
The Book of Joyous Children.





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