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THE CHILD IN BLACK, by            
First Line: Out in the street the children play
Last Line: For sending her away?
Subject(s): Death - Mothers; Dead, The

OUT in the street the children play;
They shout and laugh till I come by,
Then they are still and go away --
I wonder why.

AND grown-up people's faces too --
Until they see me, they are glad.
I wonder what it is I do
That turns them sad.

AND father -- when he looks at me
He is sad too, and though he tries
To wink them back, I always see
Tears in his eyes.

NOBODY looks at me the same
Since mother went to Heaven to stay.
Do they think I am to blame
For sending her away?

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