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THE TOYS' COMPLAINT, by            
First Line: We sheltered women, love-enwrapt
Last Line: This burden is too great to bear.
Subject(s): Toys

WE sheltered women, love-enwrapt,
Whose every wish is gratified,
From all adversity close lapt
In tenderness and kindly pride --
We from whose path you put aside
The possibility of care,
We women shielded and supplied --
What burdens can we have to bear?

SMILING as at a child's demands
You fill these idle days of ours;
You give us roses for our hands
And songs to sing among our flowers.
We twine you garlands of delight --
You only ask to find us fair
When weary you come home at night. . . .
Is not our burden light to bear?

WE are the garden of your ease,
And if we bloom, you are content.
It would but rob you of your peace
If to your loads our shoulders bent --
But ah, to see you sad and spent!
To know the pain we may not share!
Pity us, Masters, and relent --
This burden is too great to bear.

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