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First Line: Flowers! Winter flowers! - the child is dead
Last Line: The childless cannot speak!
Alternate Author Name(s): Corn-law Rhymer; Elliot, Ebenezer
Subject(s): Childlessness; Death - Children; Death - Babies

FLOWERS! winter flowers! -- the child is dead,
The mother cannot speak:
Oh softly couch his little head,
Or Mary's heart will break!
Amid those curls of flaxen hair
This pale pink ribbon twine,
And on the little bosom there
Place this wan lock of mine.
How like a form in cold white stone,
The coffin'd infant lies!
Look, mother, on thy little one!
And tears will fill thine eyes.
She cannot weep -- more faint she grows,
More deadly pale and still:
Flowers! oh, a flower! a winter rose,
That tiny hand to fill.
Go, search the fields! the lichen wet
Bends o'er the unfailing well;
Beneath the furrow lingers yet
The scarlet pimpernel.
Peeps not a snow-drop in the bower,
Where never froze the spring?
A daisy? Ah! bring childhood's flower!
The half-blown daisy bring!
Yes, lay the daisy's little head
Beside the little cheek;
Oh haste! the last of five is dead!
The childless cannot speak!

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