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First Line: Tis a homely time of ease and rest
Last Line: This homely, human slipper time.
Subject(s): Children; Life; Memory; Music & Musicians; Peace; Sleep; Soul; Childhood

'TIS a homely time of ease and rest,
When the day dies out in the ruddy west
And the lamps are lit and the hearth fire leaps,
And the children go to their early sleeps;

When the dear ones talk of their doings small
And a sense of peace is on them all,
For the cool, calm night must stretch between
To-morrow's toil and to-day's flushed scene;

When memories throng and the word of cheer
Is sometimes nigh to the secret tear,
For the soul at lounge will range full far,
From the pit of shame to the highest star.

The sound of music perhaps is heard,
But the instrument or the uttered word
Alike are good, since love in both
Is immanent and nothing loath.

So the home folk feel, as the hours slip by,
That Life is kind and that every sigh
Is fellowed close by some pleasant thing,
That laughter follows on suffering.

'Tis a shade-tree set in a desert space;
In a discord harsh 'tis a note of grace;
'Tis the harmony of the perfect rhyme,
This homely, human slipper time.

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