Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A CHILD'S FANCY, by MATHILDE BLIND

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First Line: Hush, hush! Speak softly, mother dear
Last Line: "thank you for that reminder, dear."
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Children; Childhood

"HUSH, hush! Speak softly, Mother dear,
So that the daisies may not hear;
For when the stars begin to peep,
The pretty daisies go to sleep.

"See, Mother, round us on the lawn;
With soft white lashes closely drawn,
They've shut their eyes so golden-gay,
That looked up through the long, long day.

"But now they're tired of all the fun --
Of bees and birds, of wind and sun
Playing their game at hide-and-seek; --
Then very softly let us speak."

A myriad stars above the child
Looked down from heaven and sweetly smiled;
But not a star in all the skies
Beamed on him with his Mother's eyes.

She stroked his curly chestnut head,
And whispering very softly, said,
"I'd quite forgotten they might hear;
Thank you for that reminder, dear."

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